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Old 09-27-2014, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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They were pushing inBloom which fortunately, parents found out about and fought hard to stop it in it's tracks.

I brought this up in response to Mike's comment about the Koch Brothers. It seems like this district (among others) is being influenced by outsiders on both sides of the political spectrum and their influence is creating a lot of controversy and chaos. We need to pay attention when outsiders start giving large sums of money to our local school districts as large sums of money rarely come without strings attached.
They funded a grant to the Jeffco Schools, also one to DPS. That's different than campaign contributions.
Gates Foundation Awards $25 Million for Teacher Effectiveness Initiatives | News | PND

In fact, the Gates Foundation has given a lot of money to DPS. It's one of their top beneficiaries.
Follow the Money: Gates Giving for Its Teacher Agenda - Education Week

Now I'm no fan of Gates, but these schools applied for these grants.
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Old 09-27-2014, 05:14 PM
 
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They funded a grant to the Jeffco Schools, also one to DPS. That's different than campaign contributions.
Gates Foundation Awards $25 Million for Teacher Effectiveness Initiatives | News | PND

In fact, the Gates Foundation has given a lot of money to DPS. It's one of their top beneficiaries.
Follow the Money: Gates Giving for Its Teacher Agenda - Education Week

Now I'm no fan of Gates, but these schools applied for these grants.
Yes. I'm aware of that and I'm glad you mentioned DPS because those who weren't previously aware of that fact may start paying attention to make sure that any strings don't negatively impact their children's education. Education has become highly politicized and influenced by corporate interests. I wouldn't say it's new but it is prevalent.

My point remains the same. When outsiders give money (whether the district applied for it or it was in the form of campaign contributions doesn't matter) to school districts, rest assured that strings are attached. The people's voices can still compete with that money and influence as long as they are aware of what they are up against.

I'm also willing to bet that there is a lot that is going on behind the scenes that we have no idea about.

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Old 09-27-2014, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Mile High
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Okay, I have a sincere question--one I hope won't ruffle any feathers. This is the district my kids will be going to, and I want to understand the nature of the proposed curriculum changes. Is the proposed curriculum really striving to leave out the negative aspects of America, or is this just an overstatement or a misunderstanding? I can't imagine a school board would propose curriculum of this nature. From where I stand politically--pretty much dead center--I'm troubled that either political party would be pushing for some sort of revisionist curriculum based on their agenda.
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Old 09-28-2014, 01:19 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Okay, I have a sincere question--one I hope won't ruffle any feathers. This is the district my kids will be going to, and I want to understand the nature of the proposed curriculum changes. Is the proposed curriculum really striving to leave out the negative aspects of America, or is this just an overstatement or a misunderstanding? I can't imagine a school board would propose curriculum of this nature. From where I stand politically--pretty much dead center--I'm troubled that either political party would be pushing for some sort of revisionist curriculum based on their agenda.
Take some time and read about the education agenda being pushed by the Koch Brothers. They bankrolled the election of the school board members who are pushing for the proposed changes. Make your own decision.
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Old 09-28-2014, 09:12 AM
 
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Take some time and read about the education agenda being pushed by the Koch Brothers. They bankrolled the election of the school board members who are pushing for the proposed changes. Make your own decision.
Gates and Bloomberg both bankrolled amendment 68. I don't see why education at this level needs to be influenced, my take is at least with the Koch brothers, I don't have to pay for it. Either way it's wrong.
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Old 09-28-2014, 09:26 AM
 
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Gates and Bloomberg both bankrolled amendment 68. I don't see why education at this level needs to be influenced, my take is at least with the Koch brothers, I don't have to pay for it. Either way it's wrong.
Well, Amendment 68 isn't law yet. FWIW, the League of Women Voters opposes it.
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Old 09-28-2014, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Gates and Bloomberg both bankrolled amendment 68. I don't see why education at this level needs to be influenced, my take is at least with the Koch brothers, I don't have to pay for it. Either way it's wrong.
I'm confused. 68? The casino initiative? That is being bankrolled by the corporation that will get the casino.

As for being alright with the Koch Brothers changing Jeffco's curriculum because it doesn't cost you anything, what a strange take. Jeopardizing truth in favor of ideology simply because it doesn't cost you anything doesn't seem to make a lot of sense.

Edit: I think you must mean Amendment 66 from last year which was voted down. There is a big difference between raising money for schools and buying school board candidates then having one of their first orders of business be to change history curriculum to leave out ugly chapters of American history and promote social conservatism/patriotism. If you can't see the difference, I'm not sure I can help you.

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Old 09-28-2014, 10:23 AM
 
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Well, Amendment 68 isn't law yet. FWIW, the League of Women Voters opposes it.
Got 66 confused with 68.
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Old 09-28-2014, 10:29 AM
 
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Got 66 confused with 68.
OK. 66 didn't pass. 68 is a "gambling for schools" proposal.
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Old 09-28-2014, 11:15 AM
 
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OK. 66 didn't pass. 68 is a "gambling for schools" proposal.
The bombardment of amendment 68 ads, I really no nothing on that issue other than a gaming track will bring in revenue for schools, but the money might go back to RI.
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