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Gambling is always fun when using other people’s money….

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At the February 12th board meeting,  the board voted 4-2 (Director Denise Montagu was absent) to table spending approx. $800,000 for RB+B Architects to begin the design work phase for High Plains Academy School at Centerra. This was the right decision for the District and we commend the board for voting to hit the “pause”… read more

TSD Continues Academic Decline

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The recent release of the 2013 Colorado School Grades report shows Thompson School District continues to  graduate students that are not proficient in the core subjects of math, reading and science. Although the numbers do reveal some good news for the district such as improvements in the elementary grades, these positives are overshadowed with a… read more

The Dangers of “Close Reading”

Recently a Jewish dad who questioned his child’s classroom assignment is called a neo-Nazi by the president of the local teacher’s union. Click here for full article posted at FOX News on November 6, 2013. The controversy about this classroom assignment highlights the problem of using the classroom for indoctrination vs. education. Since the Common… read more

Greeley group planning billboards – oppose high stakes testing

The Coalition for Better Education is raising money to pay for two billboards that will encourage people to oppose Colorado TCAP tests.  You can help with this project by sending a contribution to The Coalition for Better Education, Inc., 2424 22nd Avenue, Greeley, Colorado 80631.… read more

Thompson School District BOE: Mean Girls the sequel

The movie “Mean Girls” is a classic movie about the social cliques in high school and it would seem that the Thompson School District Board of Education has never left high school. The board of education and the district have long been in charge of deciding who is in and who is out and the… read more

School Reform Issues – Colorado – Common Core, PARCC, etc.

This presentation by LibertyWatch provides basic information about School Reform Activity at a national level here in America and in Colorado. For additional information we suggest the following resources: Common Core Standards—Fact and Fiction Published April 14, 2013 Joy Pullmann, Education Research Fellow at The Heartland Institute Truth In America Education Colorado Academic Standards Menu… read more

To the American School System – a poem – time for real reform

To the American School System I see the bright eyes of my children. Eager to learn, trusting. Can I trust my children to your care? You are obsessed with testing! Why do you insist on turning my children’s accomplishments into a number? Don’t you know the difference between a child and a number? What are… read more

Thompson BOE Selects Community Organizer to fill Vacancy

Thompson School District Bureaucrats are Still First and Students are Still Last Community Organizer Selected to Fill Vacancy for District D  Loveland, Colorado – October 2, 2013 – The Board of Education voted last night to select Pam Howard to fill the vacancy created when Leslie Young (District D) resigned from the board in August.… read more

Testing in Public Schools is out of Control. Not improving our Schools.

The enthusiasm to test is unabated here in Colorado.  K-12 students are subjected to lots of testing, not only by their teachers and the local school district but also by the state. Here is an analysis of test time for students in Thompson School District Problems with high-stakes testing: 1) standardized test scores poor measure… read more