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Join us this Monday!

on Sat, 12/02/2017 - 04:23

The DCSD Board of Directors will discuss the DCSD voucher program at a special meeting on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 5:30pm. You can find the agenda here and you can sign up for public comment here.

Our hope at Taxpayers for Public Education is that the board will rescind the voucher program. If they take this action it will be a great day, not for "us," but for public education.

Let’s take our positive energy to continue ensuring public school dollars only fund public schools by volunteering for committees and task forces and fighting Education Savings Accounts.

MESSAGE FROM TFPE PRESIDENT, CINDY BARNARD

on Sun, 10/22/2017 - 16:32

Taxpayers for Public Education does not endorse candidates, but we do want citizens to have an understanding of where school board candidates stand on the importance of public funding to public schools. As we have the past three Douglas County school board election cycles, we sent a survey to the eight candidates running for the Director of Douglas County Board of Education. Four candidates, Anthony Graziano, Krista Holtzmann, Kevin Leung and Chris Schor answered our survey questions. Four candidates did not acknowledge our survey. This is not only disappointing, but it is also discouraging.

EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNT: NEW NAME, SAME THREAT

on Sat, 10/21/2017 - 14:26

ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, and AFP, Americans for Prosperity, are working together to re-brand their failed voucher program in Colorado. As of June, 2016, 5 states, Arizona, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Nevada had adopted some or all of ALEC’s ESA laws. At least 6 other states, Alabama, Delaware, Iowa, Georgia, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Washington, DC were considering ESAs.

2017 School Board Candidate Surveys

on Wed, 10/11/2017 - 03:21

We want to thank the candidates who took the time to answer our survey. The four "Elevate Slate" candidates chose not to answer our survey.  This shows their inability and unwillingness recognize groups and individuals with differing viewpoints which will make their stated goal of "quelling the discord and division in the district" hard to accomplish. Through much of this campaign, we have noticed the "Elevate Slate" candidates' inability to give a straight answer to questions about the voucher program. We had hoped to get those answers on our survey.

Join us for the ALEC teach-in!

on Sat, 07/01/2017 - 17:18

The American Legislative Exchange Council—commonly known as ALEC— is the biggest threat to America that most of us have never heard of. And we are working to change that.

Join us on Saturday, July 15th in Denver to learn how ALEC negatively impacts voting rights, campaign finance reform, environmental protection, workers’ rights, health care, and public education.

RSVP FOR THE EVENT HERE

ALEC brings together elected leaders and corporate lobbyists to create and vote on model legislation—behind closed doors and without public input. These bills are then introduced into state legislatures across

The Trinity Lutheran Decision

on Sat, 07/01/2017 - 17:14

The Trinity Lutheran decision is not a “big win” for the Douglas County School District’s voucher program.  Just the opposite, in fact.  The DCSD voucher program uses public money to pay for private religious education, and the Colorado Supreme Court held that the Colorado Constitution prohibits that use of public funds.  The Trinity Lutheran decision emphatically reaffirms that state constitutions can do just that:  prohibit the use of public funds for private religious training.


Second, the prohibition of the use of public money to pay for private religious education is not in any way

Welcome, Ilana!

on Thu, 06/29/2017 - 13:56
TFPE is so excited to announce our newest board member, Ilana Spiegel. We are thrilled that she accepted our offer to join our board as she will bring an unparalleled knowledge of education to our group. Please join us in welcoming Ilana.

It's Tax (Credit) Season

on Fri, 04/21/2017 - 05:16

It seems like every legislative season the Colorado State Senate puts forth another attempt to pass Income Tax Credits for Non-public Schools (SB17-39). Tax credits are back door vouchers that defund and threaten the very existence of a fair, appropriate and equitable public education system that meets the needs of all children.

This program would lead us back to the days of segregated schools by diverting public monies to private institutions that may discriminate on the basis of socioeconomic status, religion, academic ability, athletic skill, special education needs, as well as sexual

DeVos Confirmed

on Sun, 02/12/2017 - 21:35

Dear Friends,

While we are disheartened by the confirmation of Ms. DeVos for Secretary of Education, we want to take a minute to thank public school supporters for making phone calls and sending emails to inform our elected officials of the disastrous choice of DeVos. Although we were not successful in stopping the DeVos confirmation, we must be proud of of the work public education supporters across the country did to inform the public on Ms. DeVos. Our numbers continue to grow and we will succeed. We must be vigilant. We must continue our work to protect and advocate for public education.

Stop Betsy DeVos

on Sun, 01/08/2017 - 02:34

Taxpayers for Public Education vehemently opposes Ms. Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.  DeVos, an avid supporter of vouchers and privatization of public education has pumped millions of dollars into campaigns that advocate for the demise if public education. Ms. DeVos, a disastrous choice for Secretary of Education would do much harm to the education of all our children.  Now is the time to act. We must pressure our elected officials to stop the appointment DeVos.

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