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This is the first in a two-part series on school board politics in the Denver suburbs.

Douglas County, Colorado, parents told Granthshala News that school board politics forced them to mobilize for the future of their children’s education.


One of the parents, Krista Gilstrap, said, “I think with the pandemic, we were stuck at home with our kids, we had to be more involved in our education, with Zoom calls, classes, that kind of thing. hearing things.” “The parents started to realize, ‘Wait, what’s up?'”

“It doesn’t really matter who the president is, a lot to my daily life, but what really matters is who is my school board, who is my governor,” she continued.

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Debates about school board politics have dominated the national conversation in places such as Loudoun County, Virginia, but they are equally at play in other communities across the country, including Douglas County.

San Diego-area school district may ban critical race theory

The Douglas County School Board unanimously passed an equity policy in March, which the district said will “ensure that every DCSD student and staff member has access to equitable and rigorous educational opportunities” and is aimed at any disparity in the school district. will have to fix.

Parents expressed their disappointment to Granthshala News over the new policy. Some were concerned that the forum might open the way to teaching important race theory elements in the district. Others worried that the platform would eventually lead to divisions between student groups.

“We just assumed that as our kids went to school like we did, we’d learn to read, write and arithmetic,” Douglas County parent Matt Cassady told Granthshala News. “Everything’s going to be fine, they’re not teaching sermons, nobody’s talking about their skin color, nobody’s talking about their sexual orientation.”

“But come to find out, while we weren’t paying attention, it appears they are,” he continued.

NS equity policy The Douglas County School District states will not change the curriculum to include critical race theory.

“The policy has raised concerns from some members of our community who have asked whether it will change the DCSD curriculum to include Critical Race Theory,” the website states. “DCSD is not changing its curriculum. All instruction at DCSD is, and will continue to be, aligned with Colorado academic standards.”

Granthshala News attended a school board meeting late last month where many voiced their support for the policy.

“As a social worker and parent, I especially want to express my gratitude for the Board’s equity policy,” one parent said during the public comment period.

“I am excited about the potential in this equity policy and its ability to bridge gaps in our district,” she continued. “This policy can create rich opportunities for staff development and opportunities for all of our students to flourish.”

Gilstrap, who attended nearby Littleton Public School, said she understood the value of educational equity, but wished the district would Prioritizing local issues

“I think we can all agree that every student in the district should have equal and equal educational opportunities,” she told Granthshala News. “I fully support this. I agree that there are some, society-wide, issues that we need to address. But I also want them to focus on Douglas County.”

“The Douglas County School Board cannot change the world,” Gilstrap said.

For parent Will Johnson, the question of who is in charge of their children’s education is simple: “What it means to me, and I think for many other parents, is our children’s education and moral formation.” Who is the boss? Is it the parents or is it the state?”

Douglas County School District Superintendent Corey Wise declined multiple interview requests from Granthshala News.