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Jefferson county’s decisions go up in flames

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Jessica Wolfson, Staff Writer

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Jefferson county elected a new school board in November of 2013. Many people in the district disagree with the new school board’s decisions. They want to recall and terminate the choices they have made over the years. There are claims and reasons on why the school board should be replaced, and the claims might just shock you.

Locals have been questioning Jefferson County for years.The school board majority has wasted millions of taxpayers money. Between 2009-2013 Jeff.Co spent an average of $41,241 on leagl fees, and by 2014-2015 that number doubled to $95,756. People believe that the board took voter-approved taxes to increase the intended district run schools to charters schools. Another shocking claim is that the majority of the school board’s policies are forcing highly skilled teachers to leave. During the school year of 2014-2015, teachers in Jeff.Co got ratings that are extremly good. 48.5% of teachers were rated highly-efficient, 49.2% rated effective, 2% were rated partly-effective and only 0.2% rated as ineffective. In 2014-2015, 734 teachers were fired from the district and most of them were rated highly in their completed evaluations.

Jefferson County’s school board limited public comment at meetings and in general. The school board allows only two one-hour blocks, but when the new board came into play individuals were only allowed to speak for three minutes and groups have 10 minutes to speak, implying that the school board doesn’t care about what the community has to say.

Jefferson county has made decisions that negatively impact the schools, teachers and the students in the district. Even though Jeff.CO is rated one of the best school districts in the state according to The Devner Post, that does not always mean that they make the best choices for their students. You make the decision on what they did wrong and what they did right, but the facts are right here for you to make that call.

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