Letter to the editor: Here's a vote for choice

Posted 9/13/17

There are currently 15 highly successful public charter schools in Douglas County with five new charters approved in the last two years. This is a good thing if you love school choice and want the …

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Letter to the editor: Here's a vote for choice

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There are currently 15 highly successful public charter schools in Douglas County with five new charters approved in the last two years. This is a good thing if you love school choice and want the option to put your kids in a charter school.

Additionally, keeping a lid on property taxes, property owners are benefiting from new charter schools supporting our Douglas County 6 percent population growth and thus not requiring the construction of any new public schools. Taxpayers can't find a better deal than charter schools.

However, this is not only an endorsement letter. Our current school choice is threatened by the anti-Elevate slate candidates opposing the four Elevate Douglas County school board candidates. The anti-Elevate slate seems to be very closely aligned with the current minority school board members, Lemieux, Ray and Vogel. I believe they would all support the return of unions back into Douglas County. The national teacher's union position on charter schools is clear and threatens the existence of charter schools everywhere.

Contrary to the anti-Elevate slate's alarmist propaganda about the damage by charter schools, traditional public schools are thriving along with the ever-expanding public charter schools. It appears competition is working very well here in Douglas County.

There are four Elevate Douglas County school board candidates in the upcoming November election worth looking at: Randy Mills, Ryan Abresch, Debora Scheffel and Grant Nelson. All four candidates support parental choice and believe different children learn best in different environments.

More information can be found about the Elevate Douglas County candidates at www.elevatedouglas county.com

Rita Young

Parker

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