Ben DeGrow

Jeffco negotiators cook up better teachers union contract

Jeffco negotiators cook up better teachers union contract

Many have worried that heated JeffCo union negotiations would boil over and burn down the proverbial house. Instead, district and union “chefs” worked together to cook up a much leaner and more appetizing dish.

By Ben DeGrow · August 27, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Ben DeGrow, Education, Jeffco
A screen shot from the Facebook page of Thompson Parents and Community announcing an event hosted by Thompson School District Board Member Denise Montagu.

Thompson school board member hosts event that may be in violation of Colorado’s open meetings law

“The open meetings law requires that when three or more members meet and public business is discussed, the meeting must be open to the public at all times,” said Brad Miller, the attorney for the Thompson school board.

By Sherrie Peif · May 23, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Ben DeGrow, Education, Featured, K-12 Transparancy, PERA, Sherrie Peif, Thompson, Top News
CEA President on Performance Pay: “All Teachers Do the Same Job”

CEA President on Performance Pay: “All Teachers Do the Same Job”

Q: Is there a circumstance under which a more highly effective educator should be paid a higher wage? A: I do not believe so. All teachers do the same job.

By Ben DeGrow · March 13, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Ben DeGrow, Education, Gold Dome, Jeffco, Top News
Labor unions, politics trump teaching, learning on JCEA’s Facebook home

Labor unions, politics trump teaching, learning on JCEA’s Facebook home

In our contemporary social media age, what a group posts on its Facebook page can tell you a lot about its priorities. That truth applies to the Jefferson County Education Association (JCEA), a large affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA) and Colorado Education Association (CEA) that represents thousands of teachers in suburban Jefferson County Public Schools. The ascension of […]

By Ben DeGrow · January 16, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Ben DeGrow, Education, Featured, Politics
The power of private scholarships to transform lives

The power of private scholarships to transform lives

The power of a scholarship can open up doors not only to a new school, but to a new path in life.

By Ben DeGrow · December 21, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Ben DeGrow, Education, Featured
Performance-based pay attracts and rewards effective teachers

Performance-based pay attracts and rewards effective teachers

Jeffco’s evaluation system, crafted in collaboration with the union, rated 98 percent of teachers effective or higher. Nearly all teachers earned more, with highly effective teachers bringing home the biggest pay raise.

By Ben DeGrow · November 24, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Ben DeGrow, Education, Featured, Jeffco
Moving forward on scholarship tax credits in Colorado

Moving forward on scholarship tax credits in Colorado

Some established interests may be threatened by the proven success of scholarship tax credits, and the promise they offer students in more states. But that’s no reason to stop Colorado’s school choice champions from pressing forward.

By Ben DeGrow · September 22, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Ben DeGrow, Education, Featured, Gold Dome, Politics, Taxes
Unions still resisting what’s best for students and teachers

Unions still resisting what’s best for students and teachers

New laws in a handful of states have given individual educators more freedom to decide whether to contribute to the union. Over union objections, some educators have been unchained from coercive policies.

By Ben DeGrow · July 15, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Ben DeGrow, Education, Featured, Politics
Jeffco School Reform Foes Delete, Rather Than Confront, Challenging Facts

Jeffco School Reform Foes Delete, Rather Than Confront, Challenging Facts

Antagonists of the new Jefferson County school board airbrushed facts and reasonable opinions that conflict with their agenda, despite their repeated pleas for the board to provide more transparency and public input. In particular, the administrators of the Jeffco Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Facebook page deleted multiple comments and banned postings from individuals who presented facts to dispute arguments PTA […]

By Ben DeGrow · June 4, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Ben DeGrow, Education, Top News
Jeffco Union Should Honor Its Own Calls for Transparency

Jeffco Union Should Honor Its Own Calls for Transparency

The Jefferson County Education Association came to Monday’s contract negotiations with a plan to walk out, and they seized the moment. With discussions over compensation scarcely begun, JCEA negotiators stepped away from the bargaining table—and from transparency. This road has been traveled before. JCEA and other affiliates of Colorado’s largest teachers union have declared impasse more than once in recent […]

By Ben DeGrow · April 11, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Ben DeGrow, Education, Featured