This just in from our friends at Jeffco United for Action! Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen has violated campaign laws by sending inappropriate and inaccurate information to their families using district resources! That’s a BIG no, no!
Every district administrator knows this and has been trained on this!
We’ve sent an email to District Counsel Craig Hess asking how this will be addressed and resolved. We just checked their website and the newsletter and letter is mentioned but no retraction or correction has been issued! Should be front and center and correction sent out to all families!
Per their website:
RMAE VisionRMAE envisions a community of parents, teachers, students and educational and business leaders working together to create a learning environment that encourages growth in character, academic achievement and the love of learning, resulting in responsible, productive citizens.
Seems to us that the vision should be re-read by administration and board!
From: Shawna <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: rhess <email@example.com>; ldahlkem <firstname.lastname@example.org>; jcfellma <email@example.com>
Sent: Tue, Sep 29, 2015 2:42 pm
Subject: What is being communicated to correct the inappropriate action
I was just reading the following that I saw on social media. Can you tell me what “appropriate action” consists of and how this is being communicated to the parents at RMAE that the staff violated this policy? Certainly clarification would need to be sent so parents have the important facts relayed that they were told untruths and Jeffco Schools isn’t participating, should not have participated and doesn’t support any campaign and should never have used district resources to do such a thing.
Thanks in advance!
Here’s the news from Jeffco United for Action:http://jeffcounitedforaction.org/2015/09/schoolviolatesgbee/
Jefferson County, CO – Monday, September 28th, Craig Hess, Chief Legal Counsel for Jeffco Public Schools, notified Jeffco parent Wendy McCord that the district had found staff members of Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen in violation of District Policy GBEE prohibiting staff use of electronic communications to advocate a position on ballot issues or candidates. The policy can be viewed here (click policies and then GBEE).
Below is the original complaint filed by Wendy McCord and an email from Mr. Hess to Mrs. McCord notifying her of the policy violation.
The complaint stems from an email sent by Dr. Roberta Harrell, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen to her parents using school district email urging them to vote no on the recall. The email also discusses how charter school funding for the upcoming year will be in jeopardy if the recall passes. This could not be further from the truth as all of the candidates running for office that are supported by the parents have said they will not undo the current charter funding equalization.
The District did the right thing in finding that this email was political campaigning using district resources which is prohibited under District Policy GBEE.
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From: Hess Raymond C <RHESS@jeffco.k12.co.us>
Date: Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 4:47 PM
Subject: RE: Violation of District Policy GBEE by Roberta Harrell, Rocky Mountain Academy of EvergreenTo: Wendy McCord <firstname.lastname@example.org>Cc: McMinimee Dan M <DMCMINIM@jeffco.k12.co.us>The district has conducted an inquiry into your allegations that a staff members of Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen violated District Policy GBEE, Staff Use of the Internet and Electronic Communications.At the conclusion of his inquiry, we have determined that the greater weight of the evidence did support a policy violation and therefore, we have taken appropriate action designed to ensure that this behavior does not recur.Thank you for bring this matter to our attention.R. Craig Hess
Chief Legal Counsel
Executive Director Employee Relations
Jeffco Public Schools
1829 Denver West Drive, Building 27
Golden, Colorado 80401-0001