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Holding Douglas Cty, CO School Dist Accountable
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Dear Friends,

Thanks so much for your interest in my Colorado Fair Campaign Practices Act complaint against Douglas County School District.
I am attaching the judges final ruling for your consideration. Here is the most important excerpt.

I was not able to sufficiently prove a violation in the other three components of the complaint, but I was really just laying a foundation to show a pattern of repeated behavior that culminated in using public funds to prepare and distribute political propaganda.
As you see here, I did not request any fines be imposed on the District. Enough of our taxpayer dollars have been wasted on the District defending it's inappropriate actions. I do not want our students to continue to suffer from the misuse and misdirection of public funds that are intended to provide the best education possible for our children.
My pursuit of this matter was tied to my belief that elections should be decided on true and accurate information and that public funds should not be used to influence the voting public. DCSD used public dollars to hire a consultant to write a report that unduly favored the reform effort occurring in Douglas County.  This report was used by many to mislead the public about the effectiveness of corporate educational reforms, promote individual candidates and improperly benefit the district's single-minded focus on reforms, including the Denver Post editorial staff's endorsement of the "Reform Candidates", with no discussions with the independent candidates.  Most of us with children in the District know that the reforms have actually been detrimental to the majority of students. It is my hope that the public become more educated about the forces behind what they hear and see during elections, question what is presented as "fact", and use verifiable information in future decisions about our school district. This election was very eye-opening to me. 
The Fair Campaigns Practices Act was passed by the citizens of Colorado for exactly this purpose. It is meant to ensure that money and special interests are not used to unfairly influence elections. I believe this decision demonstrates that due process does exist, and that public entities and officials will be held accountable for their unfair, partisan practices related to local and state elections.
I believe opportunity for evolution is necessary in education as our world changes, but the development of the tools and curriculum should be left to educators, not special interest groups, legislators, corporations or political parties with an agenda in mind. Our children's futures are too valuable to waste.
The District has 50 days to appeal the decision. The matters of evidence are not disputable on the procedural aspects of the hearing. The district would have the burden of proof that some procedural rule was violated. I would hope that the Board of Education and Dr. Fagen would stop the misuse of taxpayer funds to defend what has been determined to be inappropriate behavior.

Thank you for your interest in this important matter. I appreciate the time you have taken to focus on this.
Julie Keim

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