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OPINION

Jeffco Public Schools and JCEA’s Are Engaged in a Discriminatory Bargaining Agreement

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“No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

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Title VI of the Civil RIghts Act of 1964 very explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin. 

But that didn’t prevent Jeffco Public Schools and the Jefferson County Education Association from drafting a bargaining agreement last fall that contains undeniably discriminatory anti-white initiatives, offering special programs and professional advancement opportunities to people of color.  

The agreement between the district and the association makes clear their intent to “…implement programs to attract, recruit and retain staff, educators and administrators that more closely reflect the racial, ethical and linguistic diversity of the student body of the district, including supporting non-licensed personnel in attaining educator licenses and providing programs for students of color to explore and pursue education as a future profession.”   

The agreement further expressed the district and the association’s stated goal to “…create a safe space for educators of color to meet and support each other and find support around the challenges and opportunities of being an educator of color in Jefferson County.”   

Nowhere are these programs offered to white faculty or students, even though more than 90 percent of Jefferson County residents are white.   

Last September, Parents Defending Education (PDE) filed a federal civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education against Jeffco Public Schools for discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin, violating both Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.   

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Colorado parents are already witnessing these discriminatory ideals in action, with leftist dogma like Critical Race Theory (CRT) replacing the three R’s. One parent told The Denver Post her son’s class was “… given a ‘privilege checklist’ so they could reckon with the unearned perks of their identity.”

The article noted, “The impression her son took away is that all white people are racist; all men are sexist; racism is everywhere; slurs against white people are acceptable, and it is OK to stereotype whites.”   

Despite the Colorado Springs School District voting to ban the teaching of CRT, many educators – including at least 100 from Colorado – have already signed a pledge authored by the Zinn Education Project, a radical left-wing initiative named after self-proclaimed socialist college professor Howard Zinn, vowing to teach CRT anyway.  

The nation’s largest teachers’ union, the National Education Association (NEA) tweeted in June of 2021 promoting CRT educational curricula. The tweet was supported by the Colorado Education Association (CEA), the largest teachers' union in the state, and appeared on the same day they retweeted the information about A Day of Action, the event sponsored by the Zinn Education Project, encouraging teachers to pledge to teach CRT regardless of government regulation.

Nearly half of the U.S. has banned or are considering passing legislation to ban the teaching of CRT, but the NEA, who collaborates with approximately 14,000 school districts has formally announced, “We oppose attempts to ban Critical Race Theory.” 

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Elisha Roberts, chief academic officer at a Denver Public Schools charter school, asserted, “If you want to be the visionary leader that this city needs, talk about what educational equity means. It means rich, white families in this city giving up something. It means reallocating resources to our black and brown schools. It means providing opportunities for educational equity for our black and brown educators, and that means potentially paying them more for being black and brown in our cities, and in our schools.”  

Incredibly, the Denver Public Schools’ indoctrination goes even further. In January 2020, the district released a “Resolution on Inclusion for Our LGBTQIA+ Employees, Students and Community Members” updating the district’s human resources policy to include more genders than male and female, requires teachers to call the students by their chosen name regardless of whether the student had legally changed it and prescribes that every Denver Public School and building must offer a gender neutral restroom.   

Further, it calls for eliminating practices that “reinforce inflexible structures surrounding gender” and implementing curricular changes that include trans and non-binary students.   

The LGBTQIA+ resolution was initiated by the Denver Public School Board Education Director, Tay Anderson, who proudly played a pivotal role in introducing and passing the resolution. Anderson was endorsed by the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) in his race for school board, despite the union being aware of sexual misconduct allegations against the candidate.

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DCTA also contributed $50,000 in monetary and in-kind donations to his campaign thereafter, campaign finance records show.

Anderson, who won election to the school board in 2019, has been under investigation by a private firm hired by Denver Public Schools following an anonymous accusation of sexual assault.

The school year after Anderson’s LGBTQIA+ initiative was propagated, Denver Public Schools witnessed a 35 percent increase of students reporting they use “nontraditional gender markers.”   

The radical left-wing ideology that has infiltrated Colorado public schools goes beyond gender and race, with the largest teachers’ union in the state, the CEA voting in April to approve an expressly anti-capitalism resolution allowing the CEA to lobby anti-capitalistic initiatives through the Colorado legislature.  

In an effort to combat this radical indoctrination, Colorado lawmakers introduced curriculum transparency legislation during the 2021 session that would require public schools to post all teaching materials online. The bill drew major opposition from the CEA, the Colorado Association of School Boards and the Colorado Rural Schools Alliance, according to lobbying records from the secretary of state’s office.  

The CEA leader called the transparency legislation a “massive distraction,” claiming, “There’s simply not a problem to be solved here.”  

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In fact, her denial of the problem is the problem. 

The state of Colorado’s public school system is transforming into a Marxist indoctrination camp, and Coloradans must filter out the lies and distortions to confront these radical initiatives or risk collapsing into a full-fledged authoritarian regime.  

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