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Douglas County Superintendent Honored at Colorado Parent Advocacy Network Launch Event

Douglas County School District superintendent honored at launch event for new organization, Colorado Parent Advocacy Network, which opposes diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in schools . The group promotes parental rights and school choice.

At the Nov. 13 event at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, the group presented awards to a number of people for their “support in restoring the voice of parents in education,” including Douglas County Superintendent Erin Kane.

Lori Gimelshteyn, executive director of the Colorado Parent Advocacy Network, highlighted Kane’s work to improve communication in the district.

“Since Erin’s appointment in March 2022, she has worked tirelessly to foster positive relationships, open communication, and collaboration with parents, educators, and the board,” Gimelshteyn said. “His commitment to implementing and supporting high academic standards for all students to succeed in their individual journey is a model for all superintendents state and nation.”

Other winners include Deborah and Jonathan Flora, who produced the film “Whose Children Are They?” ; “conservative radio host Kim Monson; Alexandra Campana, director of the Center for 1776; Laureen Boll, Colorado coordinator for the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism; and Pam Benigno with the Independence Institute.

About 100 people attended the event, including Douglas County School Board members Mike Peterson, Christy Williams and Becky Meyers.

After the event, Kane said she hoped the award would send a signal to parents that the school district is not promoting critical race theory, “waking up the curriculum, or indoctrinating children.”

“Douglas County is an amazing public school district, we have awesome school choice, we’re focused on academic excellence, we’re not political,” Kane said. “As you have heard me say many times, we are not promoting an awakening program or indoctrinating children. I am delighted to receive this award because I believe it will help us to show our Douglas County families that we don’t do these things and stand out.

She added that she supports all parents involved in their child’s education.

“I am dedicated to giving parents the opportunity to have their voices heard in our district for every family, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, identity, etc.” she declared.

The event also featured a panel with Deborah Flora, Erec Smith of the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism and Cain Young, Founder of Task Force Freedom. Panelists denounced schools supporting transgender students, critical race theory, teacher unions, and diversity, equity and inclusion programs, while encouraging parents to get involved.

Several questions addressed by the panel were intended to provide advice to parents who may be concerned about the curriculum in their child’s classroom. In response to a question about why schools take on the role of parents, Flora blamed the spread of Marxism and the belief that children belong to the state.

“The good news is that’s not who we are, it’s not going to happen and we’re not going to let them replace us,” she said. “We’re going to walk forward with a smile on our face and say these aren’t your children.”

Young went further in his response, saying that schools are at war with parents and saying that a lack of parental voice in education is akin to taxation without representation. Young then made a veiled reference to the Second Amendment in his response.

“I’m pretty sure a great giant war started over this. I didn’t say that out loud, FBI,” Young said. “I’m just saying we have solutions. gave solutions to fight these people.

Throughout the hour-long conversation, panelists also promoted individualism in education, the traditional family unit, and school choice, such as homeschooling and charters.

Although Kane said Douglas County schools aren’t political, she encouraged any parents with concerns to speak directly with the teachers.

“One of my core values ​​is to assume positive intent, so we always have to start there,” she said. “I think our parents and teachers in Douglas County work very well together to make sure our children get the best education possible.”

The conversations are also central to Kane’s plan to address the district’s equity policy, which involves engaging the community to learn what they want and don’t want from the policy. She said she plans to have more conversations with Douglas County parents from all walks of life as part of this process.

“The more you really listen to what different sides are saying, sometimes I feel like saying ‘you’re all saying the same thing,'” Kane said. “No one wants to lower the expectations of a group of children. Everyone wants us to care for each child and help them reach their individual potential. We want our children to have the best possible future.”

The district will begin hosting community equity policy conversations in January, Kane said.

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Douglas County School District,

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