GOP wants to run the schools using party politics.
The El Paso County Republican Party
is campaigning to recruit candidates to run for school board positions in November.
But voters should think twice before putting the GOP
in charge of education. Kansas, under the cataclysmic guidance of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback
, has done that for several years, and they have a disaster on their hands after legislators slashed teacher pay and undermined the retirement plan, according to a recent story on Huffington Post.
Moreover, Republicans are responsible for passing laws in our neighbor state to the east that can make teachers into criminals, based on the teaching materials they use. Not a very good way attract top quality educators.
From the HP story:
Amid what some see as attempts to de-professionalize teaching — in February a bill passed the state Senate that would make it easier to jail teachers for teaching materials deemed offensive, while another new program lifts teacher licensure requirements in certain districts — some superintendents say teacher morale is at an all-time low.
In Colorado, teacher pay is nothing to celebrate. According to teacherportal.com, Colorado ranks
24th out of the 50 states with a starting salary of
and average teacher salaries of $49,844.
And, of course, the push to deconstruct the public school system and shift that funding to private and parochial schools remains a prime mission for Republicans.
So, if you're interested in being part of that effort, here's the letter that went out late yesterday:
Upcoming school board elections provide outstanding opportunities to positively influence our county's youth, contribute to your local community's success, and gain valuable experience in campaigns and governance.
In particular, districts such as Colorado Springs School District 11 need strong, thoughtful, and bold conservative leadership. If you are interested in running for an open position in your school district in this November's election, we want to hear from you. Let’s help elect people who believe that educational standards should emanate from their own communities instead of from Washington.
For more information, please contact Daniel Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org before Wednesday, August 12.
Chairman, El Paso County Republican Party