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Parents: How to identify a good school - #1 is 'good principal'

Parents: How to identify a good school - #1 is 'good principal' | Community Accountability Committee for Douglas County School District | Scoop.it
I wrote this list 14 years ago and have some changes, particularly on test scores.

 

1. A Good Principal. Spend at least 30 minutes with the principal. Five or more years experience at the school is a good sign. If the school has had more than two principals in the past five years, that’s a bad sign. Be particularly cautious if the principal doesn’t have 30 minutes to see you. I stand by this, and never had principals complain they couldn’t handle it.



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12 good points with a brief emphasis on a couple:

1. A Good Principal. Spend at least 30 minutes with the principal. Five or more years experience at the school is a good sign. If the school has had more than two principals in the past five years, that’s a bad sign.  (TROUBLING POINT FOR DCSD)

3. Active Parents. Never put your child in a school without speaking to at least two parents already there, including at least one PTA officer. If you can’t find such a person, or if there’s no active PTA or equivalent organization, beware (AGAIN, BEWARE!)

5. Long-Term Superintendent If the principal impresses you, don’t worry about the superintendent.

(special concern for cac4dcsd) Too many high quality Principals have recently left DCSD.  If a principal merely serves the will of the Superintendent, kids and parents will suffer.

12. Listen to Your Heart. How is your child going to be comfortable with the school if you’re not?


 

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Hollman Report: BJC opposes school vouchers, files brief in Colorado case | Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

Hollman Report: BJC opposes school vouchers, files brief in Colorado case | Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty | Community Accountability Committee for Douglas County School District | Scoop.it
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It is not unusual to have conversation with parents and other community members in Douglas County that have little perspective on the history of the significant Reform Agenda dramatically changing Public Education within our community.  This is unfortunate, and we ask for a Call To Action from the greater community to truly become personally informed.

 

Since 2009, the elected officials of the DCSD Board of Education believe that merely being elected into public office, gives them unlimited authority to implement whatever policies they deem appropriate.  Several contentious issues have raised alarm within the community as to the impact these reforms are having on our education system.

 

The article presented here gives the reader a glimpse of just one of the contentious issues within DCSD, and the extent to which it has raised alarms that need to be responded to.  "The program at issue (known as the “Choice Scholarship Program”) operates in Douglas County, providing tuition vouchers to 500 students that can be spent at private schools. More than 75 percent of the private schools participating in the program are religious schools, which can then use those taxpayer dollars for a variety of religious activities, including religious instruction."

 

Please become informed on ALL the issues impacting our schools and the students and staff.

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