Letter to the editor: Stay the course in Douglas County schools

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Support Holtzmann, Leung, Martinez and Watkins for the DCSD School Board.

The results speak for themselves. During a global pandemic and unprecedented circumstances that nobody alive has ever lived through before (save the handful of centenarians still with us who were infants and toddlers during the last pandemic), the steady guidance and leadership of the DCSD school board has continued to foster an environment of learning and achievement for students. According to the Colorado Department of Education, DCSD continues to lead metro Denver in graduation rates. PSAT and SAT scores trail only Littleton Public Schools. And CMAS scores increased again in 2021, continuing the trend started in 2017. Under the current board, teacher retention has improved, mental health resources for students have doubled, and career training options have expanded.

When teachers feel valued and supported, that comes through in the classroom. When kids have a strong support network at school, that comes through in their accomplishments. When students have a wide range of post high-school options, they can choose the path that is right for them and graduate feeling confident and secure about what the future holds.

This election is rife with noise, drama, posturing and political theater. Strip all that away and you're left with hard data and verifiable facts, which demonstrate that the current board has generated and sustained positive momentum, even when faced with extraordinary challenges. Let's continue that and get DCSD back to being a destination school district for both families and teachers.

Laura Reynolds,

Highlands Ranch

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