Decisions ‘behind closed doors’ a reason for effort to recall Jeffco school board members

From Chalkbeat Colorado: A group of Jefferson County parents took the first step Friday afternoon toward a recall of three members of the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education.

The parents, part of the organization Jeffco United for Action, said they filed their petitions for recall because they believe that board members Ken Witt, Julie Williams, and John Newkirk, wasted taxpayer dollars, violated open meeting and records laws, and lost respect of teachers and parents.

In their petition language, they cited last fall’s controversy over a proposal to review an advanced history class that led to thousands of high school students protesting along busy boulevards in the suburban Denver county.

“For over a year, the board majority members have made decisions behind closed doors and violated their own rules as well as state and federal laws,” said parent Wendy McCord, in a statement. “All of this secrecy and lack of transparency has resulted in over 700 educators and countless families leaving Jeffco Schools – this is unacceptable.”

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