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Tune into a conversation with Mike Peterson of the Douglas County School Board about an upcoming vote to increase teacher salaries. The conversation covers how residents in many Colorado school districts complain about the quality of teachers at their schools but refuse to increase salaries to hire the best.  Doug Co is facing a challenge hiring and keeping teachers because they pay an average of $20K less than other districts.  

This interview was originally published by 710 KNUS.

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In the aftermath of pandemic-era policies that closed schools and left students grappling with severe learning setbacks, parents have grown increasingly disillusioned with the dismal status quo.

While school districts like Douglas County have managed to surpass pre-pandemic outcomes, the stark reality is that most districts are mired in a perpetual struggle to make up for rampant learning loss.

This article was originally published by The Gazette.

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Christy Williams is a member of the Douglas County School Board. She joins us to explain why the conservative members of the board are supporting a bond issue and small tax hike for education funding. A key reason: DougCo is losing teachers at a rapid rate to other nearby districts that can offer significantly more pay.

This interview was originally published by 850KOA.

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The distance between Aurora and Castle Rock is about 30 miles. However, the annual cost to a teacher driving to a job in the Douglas County School District is between $15,000 and $20,000.

That is not measured in gasoline but instead is the salary difference between districts in Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

As the Douglas County School District tries for a second time in a one-year span to get voters to approve a mill levy and bond — known as measures 5A and 5B on the fall ballot — with most of the funds slated to go toward salaries, teachers and administrators are speaking up about the reality of a competitive market.

This article was originally published by Colorado Community Media.

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A popular song from a few years ago (dating myself here!) gave us the idea that “One is the Loneliest Number.” However, I believe strongly in the power of one.

The November 2023 election is just days away and ballots are arriving in mailboxes all across Douglas County. As you open your ballot, I encourage you to pause and reflect on the incredible opportunity found inside that envelope. Every vote matters. It is the power of one. 

This article was originally published by Colorado Community Media.

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