`No’ on 31 to retain local control of schools | PostIndependent.com

`No’ on 31 to retain local control of schools

Dear Editor,

Although there are many cumbersome flaws to Amendment 31, the point voters might consider above all else is what passage of this constitutional change would mean to the local control of your school district.

If citizens and parents of our surrounding school districts have issues as they relate to the way English language learners are taught English, aren’t those issues best dealt with at the local level?

Colorado is one of the last states in the country that has local control of classroom instruction in its state constitution. Getting involved at the local level for our children, who we know better than anyone else, is true democracy at work. Call on your school board, attend PTA meetings, or join your accountability or strategic planning committees to become part of the process.

High student achievement is a top priority in our surrounding school districts. We cannot reach our goals unless all children are performing well. We want our English-language learners to learn our language because it is the right thing to do and because they must be tested along with the rest of our students.

Western Coloradans pride themselves on local control in many aspects of government, and we want that for our school districts as well. A “one size fits all” approach for our diverse state is not always the best.

Please vote “no” on 31.


Vicki VanEngelenburg

New Castle

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