This is the primary in a two-part collection on school board politics in Denver suburbs.

Douglas County, Colorado, parents instructed Fox News that school board politics compelled them to mobilize for the way forward for their youngsters’s training. 

“I think with the pandemic, we were stuck at home with our kids, we had to get more involved in our education, listening to Zoom calls, classes, things like that,” stated Christa Gilstrap, one of many parents. “Parents started realizing, ‘Wait, what is happening?'”

“It doesn’t really matter who the president is, so much for my day-to-day life, but it really matters who my school board, who my governor is,” she continued.

Debates round school board politics in locations like Loudoun County, Virginia, have dominated the nationwide dialog, however they’re equally taking part in out in different communities all throughout the nation, together with in Douglas County. 


The Douglas County school board unanimously handed an equity coverage in March, which the district stated “will ensure every DCSD student and staff member has access to equitable and rigorous educational opportunities” and can goal to appropriate any inequities within the school district.

Parents expressed frustration to Fox News over the brand new coverage.Some had been involved that the platform may open the way in which for educating essential race concept components within the district. Others anxious the platform would finally promote division amongst scholar teams. 

“We just anticipated that our children were going to school just like we did, we’re going to learn reading, writing and arithmetic,” Douglas County dad or mum Matt Cassady instructed Fox News. “Everything is going to be fine, they’re not teaching indoctrination, nobody’s talking about their skin color, nobody’s talking about their sexual orientation.”

“But come to find out, while we weren’t paying attention, it appears that they are,” he continued.

The equity policy is not going to change the curriculum to incorporate essential race concept, the Douglas County School District states. 

“The policy has raised concerns from some members of our community who have asked if this will change DCSD curriculum to incorporate Critical Race Theory,” the web site states. “DCSD is not changing its curriculum. All instruction in DCSD is, and will continue to be, aligned with Colorado Academic Standards.”

Fox News attended a school board assembly late final month the place many voiced help for the coverage.

“As a social worker and parent, I specifically want to express my gratitude for the board’s equity policy,” a dad or mum stated in the course of the public remark interval. 

“I’m excited about the potential in this equity policy and its ability to address gaps in our district,” she continued. “This policy can create rich opportunities for staff development and opportunities for all of our students to flourish.”

Gilstrap, who attended close by Littleton Public Schools, stated she understood the worth of academic equity however wished the district wouldprioritize native points. 

“I think we can all agree that every student in the district should have an equal and equitable educational opportunity,” she instructed Fox News. “I completely support that. I recognize that there are some, some issues society-wide that we need to address. But I also want them to focus on Douglas County.”

“Douglas County School Board cannot change the world,” Gilstrap added.

For dad or mum Will Johnson, the query about who’s accountable for his youngsters’s training is straightforward: “What it comes down to for me, and I think for so many other parents, is who owns the education and the moral formation of our kids? Is it the parents or is it the state?”

Douglas County School District superintendent Corey Wise refused a number of interview requests from Fox News.