# Colorado education
FEC United Leader calls on DougCo members to reject leftist ideology in mission statement
Judi Reynolds, former Douglas County school board member and a leader of the FEC United Education Pillar, shared a call to action on social media for members to oppose potential changes to the Douglas County school district mission statement. The original post came from the FAIR (Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism) Douglas County Chapter.
Colorado: Mental health help for Children is failing
The following screenshot/photo details the pain of Austin (a 21 year old that got screwed out of his high school graduation) losing one of his best friends due to Colorado's promises to fund and provide mental health services to children and adults. Austin designed and built the included post. The attached picture is a representation of the attempt to deal with his grief and asking for help from those who vow each year to help with additional funding for mental health services.
DougCo students outperform metro districts on state testing; some gaps remain
(Castle Rock, CO) State test results released this week reveal a more significant percentage of Douglas County students met or exceeded expectations on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) than any of their closest neighbors, including Denver Public Schools, the Jefferson County School District, and the Cherry Creek School District.
DougCo schools grapple with teacher shortage and bus challenges as school starts
(Castle Rock, CO) Students across Douglas County were among the first in the Denver metro area to return to school this week. Yet, many may find their teachers still need to be determined or their classes larger than usual.
DougCo school board selects Jason Page in split vote to fill vacancy
(Castle Rock, CO) The Douglas County school board voted 4-2 to elect Jason Page to fill the board vacancy created when Elizabeth Hanson resigned in protest last month. Having narrowed the finalists to three, the board interviewed each and ultimately nominated Brad Geiger and Jason Page for a final vote.
DougCo school board names finalists for open seat
(Castle Rock, CO) The Douglas County School Board will interview three finalists at next week’s board meeting for the open board seat created when former director Elizabeth Hanson resigned in protest over wasteful board spending and “political agendas.”
DougCo schools hires special education director
(Castle Rock, CO) After an extensive two-year search, the Douglas County School District named Liza Meier as its new Executive Director of Special Education, joining its senior administration team.
DougCo school board seeks applicants to fill vacancy
(Castle Rock, CO) The DougCo Board of Education seeks applicants to fill the board vacancy created when Elizabeth Hanson resigned late last month. Interested applicants must live in District C, which covers portions of Highlands.
DougCo school board director announces reelection bid
(Castle Rock, CO) Susan Meek, who recently announced her run for a second term on the Douglas County school board, doesn’t back down from a challenge. While she admits the last three years have had their ups and downs, she’s more confident than ever that she can continue to make a positive difference in the lives of the district’s students, families, and educators.
Students and parents protest racism in DougCo schools
(Castle Rock, CO) Dozens of Douglas County community members came out with signs, shirts, and loud voices to demonstrate against racism in the district’s schools and to call for its leaders to do more to stop harassment and discrimination.
DougCo school board member resigns in protest; cites politics and egos
(Castle Rock, CO) DougCo school board director Elizabeth Hanson abruptly resigned after reading a brief statement during this week's board meeting calling out majority directors Mike Peterson, Christy Williams, Becky Myers, and Kaylee Winegar for wasteful spending on lawsuits and allowing political agendas to come before students.
DougCo schools face crisis without a bond
(Castle Rock, CO) A generation of Douglas County school kids could graduate without ever setting foot in a new school if taxpayers continue to vote against passing a bond. That's because the district last built a neighborhood school in 2010, and, with the necessary timeline required to build a new school, it would be 2027 or later before students in high-growth areas could attend schools close to home.
Equity debate continues in DougCo schools despite ongoing racism reports
(Castle Rock, CO) The Douglas County School District began making national headlines more than two years ago when African-American students reported seeing racial slurs written on bathroom walls and hearing the n-word casually thrown around by classmates.
Community raises money for bullied DougCo siblings
(Castle Rock, CO) After reading news reports about the bullying Jeramiah Ganzy faced at Castle Rock Middle School and how his family no longer felt safe in their neighborhood, a local DougCo resident started a GoFundMe to help the family relocate.
DougCo state representative’s parent’s rights in education bill dies
(Castle Rock, CO) Douglas County Republican representative Brandi Bradley lost her bid to add a parent’s bill of rights to Colorado’s constitution to this year's election ballot when it died in committee this week.
DougCo schools to get more money in 2023-2024
(Castle Rock, CO) Colorado’s state legislature is set to give its 178 school districts more money based on proposed amendments to the school finance bill making its way through the state legislature. The bill increases K-12 funding to over $9 billion, up from $8.4 billion in 2022-2023.
Colorado School Safety Working Group calls for volunteers
(Castle Rock, CO) Colorado’s School Safety Working Group invites the public to engage with its work to make schools safer for everyone. State law established the group in 2020, but the effort stalled during the pandemic and is just now getting underway.
DougCo school board statements over former super’s firing ring hollow
(Castle Rock, CO) DougCo school board president Mike Peterson and vice president Christy Williams are ready to move on from firing former superintendent Corey Wise. In statements released after the district agreed to pay Wise $832,000 to settle his discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, Peterson and Williams said they want to focus solely on students and securing additional money for teachers and staff.
DougCo schools honor 5 exceptional teachers and staff
(Castle Rock, CO) This month, the Douglas County School District celebrated its Apple Award winners at the new Legacy campus. Winners represent the best of the best district employees who inspire a love of learning and serve as trailblazers for school innovation.
Bill to reimburse Colorado teachers gains momentum
(Castle Rock, CO) When it comes to putting personal touches inside a classroom or making up for a deficit in essential supplies, teachers are often forced to pay out of pocket to get what they need.