Letter to the editor: Jeffco students deserve 5A and 5B

Posted 11/2/18

It was with great dismay that I watched two years ago as other metro area districts passed their bond and mills, while Jeffco did not. Adams 12, Cherry Creek, Aurora, Denver and Englewood schools …

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Letter to the editor: Jeffco students deserve 5A and 5B

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It was with great dismay that I watched two years ago as other metro area districts passed their bond and mills, while Jeffco did not. Adams 12, Cherry Creek, Aurora, Denver and Englewood schools all received additional funding, while Jeffco’s initiatives failed. Jeffco continues to fall behind surrounding districts in the amount of money that it has to provide services to its students. I am baffled by the arguments that the amount of money a district has does not affect the learning outcomes of its students. Money can pay for more STEM options and better technology, classroom materials, smaller class sizes, higher paid teachers, more support staff, classrooms without leaky windows or ceilings, gyms that don’t get flooded, more art, music and P.E. opportunities, additional teacher professional development, more early education, etc. Maybe those who believe that none of these things matter can at least be persuaded that the safety and security of their community’s children is a cause worth funding. Twenty percent of Jeffco’s mill this year is slated to pay for increasing school safety and security, including increased mental health services.
This year, once again, Jeffco is not alone in its request for additional funding. Other area districts, including Aurora, Douglas County, Adams 12, Littleton, and Westminster, are all asking their voters to approve more funding. Do students in Jeffco deserve less than students in surrounding districts? I think not. I hope that this year Jeffco does right by its students and passes 5A and 5B.
Katie VanGuilder,
Lakewood

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