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A lot of questions in this story, but not many answers because:

The school district failed to return multiple calls on Saturday. Sorg's district email has been disabled and several concerned parents emailed asking 7NEWS to look into the issue deeper.
To sum up, to the best of my understanding:

1. Douglas County School Board sets teacher performance rating standards

2. Rock Ridge Elementary in Castle Rock performs too well so DougCo performs "unskewing" of results (as their Walmart bosses set the example before them).

3. Community alerts media. School Board suspends principal.

4. An anonymous phone call alerts the community to the principal's suspension.

5. As seen above, the Board responds by shutting down e-mail contact and not answering the phone.

Links after the jump.

* KMGH & KUSA links may have video on auto-play. Sorry. *

So it started with this KMGH story on Friday:

Larsen would not elaborate on how the scores compared to other schools in the district, but parents say the teachers at Rock Ridge scored above average. The model bases raises on evaluation results and market-based salary criteria.

"They created the evaluations, they hired the principal who gave the evaluations [and] then they don't trust them," Ellenberger said.

So basically, DougCo being a bought & paid for school think experiment for Walmart heirs, took their marching orders from the Walmart execs and the GOP - they're not lying about the results, they're unskewing them.

Today, KMGH followed up their story with the news of an anonymous phone call going out to the community to alert them of the administrative leave of the principal and the DougCo School Board pulling up the proverbial drawbridge.

On Saturday, some parents like Jen Johnson, received an anonymous voicemail that said in part, "What the news failed to report, you may not even know yet, but Amber has been put on administrative leave for insubordination... I would let the news know the rest of the story."

"The voicemail says she's been put on leave because we brought the news [to the school]," Johnson said.

Douglas County School Board President, Kevin Larsen, said on Friday the evaluations did not match up with the final score given to some teachers. He failed to mention, however, the principal was put on leave.

Please, do yourself a favor and listen to the anonymous call in the second report.  This would be entertaining as performance art but as an example for the current state of Colorado schools it is sickening.

Remember, like a destructive fungus they're spreading to Jefferson County next.

We have to pay attention every moment - what they say is often not what they do. Thankfully I had great teachers, just like the ones teaching my kids today. Thank you for reading - here's a song.

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  •  Tip Jar (36+ / 0-)

    "Then why don't all girls belong to unions?" "Well, there's some that thinks it ain't fashionable; there's some that thinks it ain't no use; and there's some that never thinks at all."

    by Cadillac64 on Sun May 18, 2014 at 03:47:29 PM PDT

  •  A little OT, please explain your sig line to me... (4+ / 0-)
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    Cadillac64, martini, worldlotus, Ahianne
  •  DougCo Assistant Super is THE finalist in JeffCo (10+ / 0-)

    For those following the Colorado whacko school board saga, there's an interesting link here. After the JeffCo school board became 3-2 whacko, the district's excellent (and would have been retiring next month) superintendent was forced out, and one of the state's most populous school districts went in search of a replacement.

    The board came up with a single replacement candidate: the assistant superintendent of Douglas schools. Since Douglas has had some time to shape their own district, I can only believe that the replacement is a died in the wool ultra-conservative.

    That seems to be backed up by Friday's massive Boots On The Boulevard protest, where students, teachers, parents and others occupied corners along Jefferson County's busiest surface street for 22 miles. Any one of the occupied corners could have easily beaten #OperationAmericanSpring

    Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

    by Phoenix Rising on Sun May 18, 2014 at 05:15:14 PM PDT

  •  The destruction of our schools is (5+ / 0-)

    sickening to watch , thanks Cadillac64

    Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers

    by Patango on Sun May 18, 2014 at 05:59:22 PM PDT

  •  This is a harbinger of things to come ... (11+ / 0-)

    Local school boards are no longer an example of a good democracy.  There is something rotten growing, folks. Pay close attention to your local elections.

    If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

    by livjack on Sun May 18, 2014 at 06:27:59 PM PDT

  •  I worked in CO as a (4+ / 0-)
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    BadKitties, Ahianne, unfangus, kurt

    public educator for over three decades.  In the last few years before I retired in 2004, there were some candidates running for our school board that were (we later learned) getting some out of state funding from the DeVros (Amway) family, who wanted to basically trash public ed.  So why our district?  Well, as most in CO know, Colorado Springs is one of the most conservative cities ever.  And then Focus on the Family and New Life church established themselves there in the 80s they began sending parents into their districts to challenge any and everything, from evolution to Halloween.  What they did not know was that back then, Colorado Springs D11 teachers were one of the few strong collective bargaining districts that had a Master Agreement.  We had struck in the seventies to protect the right to collectively bargain.  We were not bullied into doing their bidding.  

    Anyway, because we (teachers and citizens) were not paying attention, they (the conservatives were able to elect four anti public education members.  They did some damage.  BUT, guess what, we, the people, did a recall and got rid of two so they no longer had a majority.   I was retired during the recall but many of the retired teachers along with citizens who believe in public education worked hard to get rid of these jerks who had one destroy public education, put in charters, privatize and voucher plague the schools.   They did some damage but they did not totally succeed.  Citizens and teachers have to work together to stop the conservative desire to destroy public education so the religious right and corporate greed can take over.  

    The public, including many here, have to stop allowing the right to scapegoat teachers and teachers' unions.  Too often even liberals/progressives jump on the "blame the teachers" bandwagon because they believe they or one of their children once had a bad teacher, ergo all teachers are bad.    

    PUBLIC education is a cornerstone of democracy.  If we allow the "for profit" charters (and all of them are "for profit" because they have investors) and private schools to kill public education, it will only be the beginning.  We have  already seen the disaster of privatizing prisons, in some areas privatizing roads.  

    Begging progressives to wake up on this issue.  For me it is THE area in which I am so DISAPPOINTED with President Obama.  He and his team are on the wrong side when it comes to public education.  Arnie Duncan is pro charter and his "Race to the Top" pits teachers and students against each other.  ALL children should matter ALL the time.  It is that simple.
    Douglas County is a rich county and for the most part their schools are pretty decent but pitting teachers against each other for monetary benefits based on scores is wrong no matter where it is done.  Cheating happens but even when it does not, accusations will happen because it is all about MONEY, not children.  

    The school I was in my last few years was one of the poorest in the area.  For us, the reality came true.  It did not matter what we did.  One year we increased our math scores over 300%.  Despite all the cries of "we only compare you to your previous scores" the truth is we were at the low end score wise, the highest school for free lunch and the target of greedy corporations who so wanted our building because they saw dollar signs once they could charter or privatize.  A few years ago that school was closed and the building sold or rented.   Do not be fooled.
     It's all about the money not the children when it comes to charters and privatizing.  

    “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.” Louis D. Brandeis

    by Jjc2006 on Mon May 19, 2014 at 06:44:57 AM PDT

    •  ..And you are really pleased with Obama otherwise? (0+ / 0-)

      There have been many other things going on with the environment, immigration, drone strikes, drug policy, banks, Wall Street, etc., etc. which apparently have missed your attention these last several years.

      It's not been all that great out here. Much disappointment.

      •  Well, because I was and am an educator (0+ / 0-)

        education is THE area in which I most vocal, most knowledgeable and perhaps most passionate.

        That does not mean I agree with the president on the areas you mention.  It is just that I am most active in, outspoken about education here.  

        I totally disagree with the president on Wall Street, unions, and I feel he need to be much stronger on many of the areas you mentioned.  However this thread was about schools and school boards so that was my focus.

        If that bothers you that I stayed on topic, that is your problem, not mine.8(

        “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.” Louis D. Brandeis

        by Jjc2006 on Mon May 19, 2014 at 05:33:23 PM PDT

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  •  The current horrible GOPers on the (2+ / 0-)
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    school board received nearly ALL of their funding from AFP. WTF. I am furious that we were unable to oust them :(

    I yam what I yam --Popeye

    by BadKitties on Mon May 19, 2014 at 09:04:03 AM PDT

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