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With climate crusade on the rocks, Steyer to spend millions in Colorado

With climate crusade on the rocks, Steyer to spend millions in Colorado

The California billionaire’s brand of environmental politics is so extreme, it makes other environmentalists nervous.

By Simon Lomax · April 28, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Civil Liberties, Energy, Environment, Gold Dome, National, Politics
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Lomax: Desperate tactics discredit EPA’s bad-air chorus

Environmental activists are about to launch their annual scare campaign about air quality. It’s a yearly ritual aimed at boosting the federal EPA’s authority over states and businesses big and small.

By Simon Lomax · March 31, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Energy, Environment, National, Politics
Thompson school board shoots down union contract proposal

Thompson school board shoots down union contract proposal

At issue for Kerrigan, Carlson, and Rice was the belief that the district’s negotiating team had not followed the direction the board had set. Based on consensus guidance given at the April 1 meeting, a majority of the board members wanted to move ahead with negotiation on moving many items currently in the contract into a handbook, piloting a pay-for-performance model in 2016-17, and looking into having teachers share a part of the rising costs of retirement and insurance benefits.

By Sherrie Peif · May 7, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Education, Featured, K-12 Transparancy, Open Records, PERA, Sherrie Peif, Thompson
Thompson conservative majority needs police escorts out of meeting

Thompson conservative majority needs police escorts out of meeting

“It was not more aggressive at this meeting,” Board Vice President Bryce Carlson said. “But just given the nature of where we are in negotiations, tensions are high. This was the first time I was escorted. I certainly would hope that kind of thing is not necessary.”

By Sherrie Peif · April 27, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Education, Featured, K-12 Transparancy, Sherrie Peif, Thompson
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School districts across state finding ways to skirt the intent of Proposition 104

Steve Zansberg, attorney and president of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, says the law is ambiguous and subject to an interpretation that prohibits these types of meetings.

“Prop 104 defines a local public body as any group that meets with representatives of the teachers union to discuss labor contract, regardless of how small a group attend the meeting,” Zansberg said. “Under (this) interpretation, there can be no meeting of two members of the school board or its administration with union representatives that is not conducted in the open.”

By Sherrie Peif · April 8, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Elections, Featured, Jeffco, K-12 Transparancy, Sherrie Peif
“Mean Girls” Attack Jeffco Board, Officials on Twitter

“Mean Girls” Attack Jeffco Board, Officials on Twitter

Parents, students, and teachers upset with the Jefferson County Public School District Board of Education majority members and select district staff continue to use social media to get their frustrations out. However, some of those targeted by anonymous Twitter handles call their messages rude, intimidating, unflattering, and just plain mean at times.

By Sherrie Peif · April 2, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Education, Featured, Jeffco, Original Report, Sherrie Peif
"Mean Girls" Attack Jeffco Board, Officials on Twitter

"Mean Girls" Attack Jeffco Board, Officials on Twitter

Parents, students, and teachers upset with the Jefferson County Public School District Board of Education majority members and select district staff continue to use social media to get their frustrations out. However, some of those targeted by anonymous Twitter handles call their messages rude, intimidating, unflattering, and just plain mean at times.

By Sherrie Peif · April 2, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Education, Featured, Jeffco, Original Report, Sherrie Peif
Jeffco school board raises starting salaries to improve district’s competitiveness

Jeffco school board raises starting salaries to improve district’s competitiveness

The Jefferson County Public School District Board of Education has agreed to a higher starting salary structure for teachers with master’s degrees, initial salary placements and hard-to-fill positions. According to Amy Weber, chief human resource officer for the district, Jeffco is well below most of the surrounding districts. Weber argued the new structure was needed because it costs the district […]

By Sherrie Peif · March 30, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Education, Featured, Jeffco, K-12 Transparancy
Jeffco school board raises starting salaries to improve district's competitiveness

Jeffco school board raises starting salaries to improve district's competitiveness

The Jefferson County Public School District Board of Education has agreed to a higher starting salary structure for teachers with master’s degrees, initial salary placements and hard-to-fill positions. According to Amy Weber, chief human resource officer for the district, Jeffco is well below most of the surrounding districts. Weber argued the new structure was needed because it costs the district […]

By Sherrie Peif · March 30, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Education, Featured, Jeffco, K-12 Transparancy
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Jeffco school board member frustrated over reorganization’s ‘Plan B’

The inner workings of a multi-school reconfiguration have left one Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education member feeling like he was hung out to dry and a Wheat Ridge city councilwoman saying it was all a big misunderstanding. The reconfiguration created a “Plan B,” which another school board member has failed to answer questions concerning her involvement into what […]

By Sherrie Peif · March 23, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Education, Featured, Jeffco, K-12 Transparancy