‘Parent-Led’ Recall Effort In Colorado Was Actually Bankrolled With $300k In Union Cash

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  1. Revmitchell

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    Court-ordered fundraising disclosures have revealed that an allegedly parent-led effort to take control of a Colorado school board was heavily financed by over $300,000 from state and national teachers unions.

    The off-year election in 2015 saw an ambitious effort to recall three conservative members of the Jefferson County School Board, elected in 2013 to govern schools for a 500,000-person swath of Denver’s suburbs. The recall’s organizers were upset over an effort to tie teacher pay to performance, as well as board members’ attempt to modify the history curriculum to promote “patriotism and … the benefits of the free-enterprise system,” which drew national attention and sparked student walkouts.

    A recall effort, designed to end the conservative board members’ tenure after just two years, proved spectacularly successful. In November, all three recalls were successful by a large margin, and two candidates backed by the recall movement also triumphed in regular elections for two other school board seats. Teachers unions and their allies around the country saw the it as a signal victory, a sign that reform efforts such as merit-based pay could be halted in their tracks.

    During the campaign and afterwards, activists portrayed the recall as a parent-driven, grassroots effort to halt overreach by a right-wing board. On election night, newly-elected school board member Ali Lasell boasted that the results proved “public education in Jefferson County is not for sale.”

    But the numbers suggest Lasell’s statement wasn’t wholly accurate. As it turns out, Jeffco United, a non-profit group which drove the recall, received about two-thirds of its funding from state and national teachers unions. When it was established in the spring, the very first donation Jeffco United received was $25,000 from the Colorado Education Association, which eventually gave a total of $113,500. The union’s national wing, the National Education Association, was even more generous, giving $150,000, while the Jefferson County Education Association pitched in $20,000. Notably, these donations were coming in well even before the recall petitions were filed, indicating unions were helping to drive the campaign before it was even a campaign.



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    Unions of all kinds are completely against members being held accountable ...for anything at all. Teacher's unions are no different.

    And , of course, they had to hide where all the money was coming from. Voters need to be kept in the dark.
     
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    Deomcrats, liberals left wing extremism (all the same thing) must always do things in the dark. They are evil, liars, and uncouth.
     
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    I love how the left cries constantly about corporate donations but doesn't bat an eye at the hundreds of millions of dollars in union donations.
     
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    Yep quite hypocritical. There are a few on this board who do that.
     
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    Yes. Voters must become mushrooms....kept in the dark and fed that certain substance.


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