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Keep Moving Forward | Keep Newkirk for Jeffco Schools

Keep Moving Forward

“Don’t fix what doesn’t need fixing!”
“Jeffco is a well-oiled machine!”
“Our schools are brilliant, not broken!”
Jeffco-Math-TCAP-CDEI am very proud of my Jeffco diploma, yet when I hear statements like these I can’t help but think of the thousands of Jeffco students over the past 13 years who’ve been unprepared for college or career – and those who’ve received no diploma at all.  For too many years achievement has declined for too many students.  We must aim higher than this.

Two years ago – the week I took my oath of office – marked the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.  It struck me then, as it does today, that each of us would do well to channel our inner Abraham Lincolns during this time of transition and seek out the better angels of our nature:

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so must we think anew and act anew.”

And as the flowing waters of change are always more turbulent than the standing waters of acquiescence, it is time to let go of the provincial, inside-the-box, we’ve-always-done-it-this-way mentality.  Only then will we make progress in becoming the nation’s leader in public education.

Recall supporters are asking you to interrupt this progress and seat a 5-0 slate of union-backed candidates with no experience in policy governance and with the intent of returning to the policies of the past. I am asking you to Vote No in this untimely, expensive, and politically-motivated recall election and allow the progress to continue.

I am, respectfully,





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