Letter to the editor - School board majority short-shrifts locals

Posted 1/25/22

School board majority short-shrifts locals The recent Douglas County School Board election placed four new conservative members. Many predicted, if elected, these arch-conservatives would move …

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Letter to the editor - School board majority short-shrifts locals

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The recent Douglas County School Board election placed four new conservative members.

Many predicted, if elected, these arch-conservatives would move quickly to act on hot-button issues considered critical solely by their base and outside advocates including equity policy, among others. Not that the current DCSD equity policy is problematic, or critical race theory is being taught in our local schools.

That early prediction has been validated. The new Douglas County School Board agenda mirrors those in conservative locales across the country.

Next on the DCSD board docket is equity policy.

As predicted, outside interests have a seat at the table; the new board invited The Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism (FAIR), a New York company with a chapter in Douglas County. FAIR is staunchly opposed to critical race theory and, frankly, any notion that racism could possibly be a contemporary problem.

President Peterson (new member) stated during the recent January 11 meeting, “And just backing up to the [Jan. 25] resolution, Director Winegar (new member) is running point on that. She’s putting together a draft, socializing it with some members of the community including some of our fine folks over at FAIR, [they] have a very balanced and even mind on this.”

It’s worth noting that FAIR’s involvement in Colorado Springs District 11’s discussion in December resulted in dissolution of CD11’s volunteer 40-member Equity Leadership team.

Now that the new board members have confirmed the DCSD board agenda is driven by outsiders, we can drop the pretenses, right?

Lloyd Guthrie

Roxborough Park

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