The AFL-CIO-led coalition of teachers union front groups in Douglas County has been slamming the school board there for creating a hostile workplace. Based on a new statewide survey, it appears the only hostility in the workplace is that created by the unions, as Douglas County teachers report a satisfaction significantly higher than the statewide average.
Reports The Colorado Observer‘s Sunana Batra:
DENVER — Teachers in Douglas County generally have a higher degree of faith in their school leadership and enjoy greater engagement from parents and communities than do their counterparts in other parts of the state, according to the results of a recent survey.
The findings were part of the Colorado TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading & Learning) survey, which is described as an “anonymous statewide survey of licensed, school-based educators to assess teaching conditions at the school, district and state level.”
Some 33,000 Colorado teachers responded to a series of questions in ten separate categories. That number included more than 70 percent of Douglas County teachers, who participated at a rate 16 points higher than the state average of 55 percent.
On all nine measures in the Community Support and Involvement category, Douglas County teachers gave their district higher marks than the statewide average.
More educators in Douglas County felt that the community they serve is supportive of their school (90 percent), that parents are influential decision-makers in their school (92 percent), that their school maintains clear lines of communication with the community (94 percent) and does a good job encouraging parent involvement (94 percent), than did teachers in other districts.
It’s not as if this was a survey paid for or conducted by school board supporters. This is a massive sample (70% of DougCo teachers) and it was conducted by an organization that lists the DougCo teachers union, American Federation of Teachers Colorado, as one of the groups that administers the survey.
The survey results, with DougCo teachers reporting high levels of satisfaction with district leadership, severely undercuts the campaign that the AFL-CIO affiliates have been engaged in.
Facing a parent population enthralled with the district’s schools, and now proof that Douglas County teachers love Douglas County teachers, what is there left for the AFL-CIO to say?
Don’t worry, we’re sure they’ll find something to complain about. That, or they will just start making sh*t up.
UPDATE: In that category, take this bit of fiction from a disgruntled Doug Co teacher who got caught playing politics during school hours. The disgruntled union flack, named Brian White, argues that teachers are fleeing Douglas County. Only problem is, more teachers are leaving Cherry Creek Schools. 9News tried its best to tell the full story, but they did miss a big part – their source is a disgruntled staffer on an angry tirade.