OUR VIEW: When you see the raw number of union operatives parachuting into Douglas County every week, the battle lines are clear — this is a fight between school reformers and the best machine politicians that the union power structure in this state can drum up.
A high profile union operative who raised thousands of dollars from the nation’s largest unions as a legislative candidate is the latest operative to parachute in to fight the school board in Douglas County.
Our Colorado News reports that Angela Engel kicked off a speaker series on Tuesday funded by anti-reform group Taxpayers for Public Education, who is also suing the Douglas County school district for its scholarship program.
In 2006, Engel ran a failed campaign against Republican State Representative Spencer Swalm in House District 37. During her campaign she managed to raise thousands from unions and Democrat heavies like Congressman Jared Polis and Rutt Bridges.
Here’s a snapshot from Follow the Money:
Engel, in keeping with her strong union affiliations, has been a vocal opponent of school reform.
From Our Colorado News:
Engel believes the impetus for education reform stems from faulty research and an inaccurate perception that the American education system is failing.
Douglas County, she said, is “the test case” for education reform…
“This reform movement is going to fail. It might take a long time. (But) there’s no evidence to support measuring learning improves education.”
What’s especially shocking about Engel’s extreme views is that she not only is an opponent of Douglas County’s reform but the entire idea of reforming education.
Engel is the second union operative, and failed candidate, just this week to declare war on Douglas County reform. Per The Colorado Observer‘s Devan Crean:
CASTLE ROCK — Last Friday’s protest of the Douglas County Education Foundation’s (DCEF) Love Our Schools luncheon was led in part by Susan Meek, who acted as spokeswoman for the anti-school board group.
Meek is a parent of two children attending Douglas County schools and the vice president of the Strong Schools Coalition, as well as a former employee of the district and ran a failed campaign for the District A seat on the Board of Education (BoE) in 2011.
Meek is not running for the BoE again, but she will manage and advise campaigns this fall. She has placed herself at the center of the race. She was recently featured in a story for Our Colorado News: Lone Tree Voice that highlighted her views and positions, rather than those of the campaigns she will manage.
While having a history of getting their @ss handed to them in Douglas County, union operatives are nonetheless throwing all they have against the reform-minded school board.
When you see the raw number of union operatives parachuting into Douglas County every week, the battle lines are clear — this is a fight between school reformers and the best machine politicians that the union power structure in this state can drum up.