Letter to the editor: Parents' feedback matters most


I am writing in response to Dave Usecheck's letter to the editor published March 27, titled "Survey needs to reach parents, non-parents."

There is a reason that businesses require a user code from a sales receipt in order to complete a customer satisfaction survey. Someone who doesn't have direct shopping experience at Walgreen's (for example), cannot provide useful feedback to the store, no matter how many times they drive by.

Likewise, parents have direct experience with and knowledge of their children's schools and, if they are involved enough, district policies that the rest of the community does not, no matter how many children knock on their doors selling magazines.

If our school district wants to see how paid advertising can affect the public's perception of the district, they got that in the last election. If they want to see how their policies and actions are truly affecting students, they must ask the parents, and the parents alone.

That said, Mr. Usecheck should be glad to hear that parents who have found the district "reforms" harmful to their children, HAVE recently found some common ground with BoE supporters. After the School Board voted 6-1 to drastically reduce public comments at board meetings, some of their most outspoken supporters are agreeing that this silencing of the public is wrong.

I hope that this small piece of common ground can help end the heated rhetoric and name-calling, and provide a foundation upon which to discuss differences of opinion respectfully.

Connie Davison
Highlands Ranch


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I agree that parents have a unique perspective on how their children are benefiting from education and how board decisions are affecting teachers. The entire community pays for the schools and as taxpayers we have a right to a voice in how the schools are run. I was concerned when members of the Board referred to tuition as 'the parents' money.' Meaning that parents alone should have the choice of how that money is spent - what schools receive tuition money - including private schools. All taxpayers support the schools and the taxpayer needs a voice in school issues.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 | Report this

I agree with Ms. Davison and with the commenter, kcramm. Parents are also taxpayers in most cases and we are the most affected by the board of education's decisions because of that dual role. When these decisions are harmful to our children and their education, we are the ones most able to see that before the rest of the community has any idea. We all need to be on the same team here - advocating for the education of our children and the future of our community.

As Ms. Davison stated in her letter, we have found common ground with board supporters in that none of us want our right to speak diminished. The board president claims we can make our voices heard via email or private conversations - but those communications go nowhere. It is time for all of us to get together on this issue while we still can.

Saturday, April 5, 2014 | Report this