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Douglas County schools canceled as teachers plan protests

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – With hundreds of teachers expected to call on sick Thursday to protest an alleged illegal school board meeting, the Douglas School District has canceled classes.

The district announced the closure Wednesday afternoon, blaming “a large number of staff members who were absent” on Thursday.

“As a result, we have reached a point where absenteeism has impacted our ability to provide a safe and supervised learning environment for students,” the district said in a statement. press report.

The Douglas Teachers Union said more than 800 teachers had issued replacement requests on Thursday, as teachers planned to rally to protest a private meeting between some board members and the superintendent, in They asked him to resign.

Members of the Douglas County Board of Education do not participate the meeting is called illegal, accusing their fellow board members of violating state law. In response, Board Chairman Mike Peterson called the meeting a “conversation” and said, “No action has been taken on the contract or employment status of the superintendent.”

The district said after-school activities will continue as scheduled and that schools will be open to staff and teachers without requesting absences. Charter school families are advised to check with their school.

Concerns about ‘ethical’, ‘due process’

The union of the Douglas County Teachers’ Union will hold a rally at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the Wilcox Building.

Union President Kevin Dipasquale said protesters had “ethical concerns regarding the Sunshine Law and due process failure with concern that some majority board members had acting on acting director Corey Wise.”

Board of Education President Mike Peterson said all discussions about the position are taking place in public meetings as required by law.

Parent Brandi Bradley said she supports teachers, but disputes must be resolved in a way that doesn’t disrupt learning.

“There are kids who need to go to school, my kids need to go to school. Bradley said.

https://kdvr.com/news/local/dougco-schools-canceled-teacher-rally/ Douglas County schools canceled as teachers plan protests

Tom Vazquez

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