Pointed questions about the amount of standardized testing in K-12 education, the impact that testing has on teacher evaluations and the perennial issue of school finance were asked of state lawmakers who represent the Cherry Creek School District during the annual Breakfast with our Legislators, held November 19 at the district’s Instructional Support Facility.
The event was sponsored by the Cherry Creek Community Legislative Network, a non-partisan committee promoting awareness of education issues, legislation and the legislative process. CCCLN President Jo Metoyer-Moore welcomed nearly 100 people to the event, most of them Cherry Creek Schools parents, community members or employees. She also welcomed seven of the 13 state legislators who represent the district:
• Rep. John Buckner, D, House District 40
• Rep. Daniel Kagan, D, House District 3
• Rep. Su Ryden, D, House District 36
• Rep. Jack Tate, R, House District 37, was represented by Centennial City Councilwoman Stephanie Piko
• Sen. David Balmer, R, Senate District 27
• Sen. Morgan Carroll, D, Senate District 29
• Senator Nancy Todd, D, Senate District 28
Six other state legislators were unable to attend:
• Rep. Rhonda Fields, D, House District 42
• Rep. Jovan Melton, D, House District 41
• Rep. Kevin Priola, R, House District 56
• Rep. Paul Rosenthal, D, House District 59
• Sen. Linda Newell, D, Senate District 26
• Sen. Pat Steadman, D, Senate District 31
During the 2014 legislative session, parents from Cherry Creek and many other districts across the state made their voices heard with emails, phone calls and meetings with lawmakers to express their concerns and ask legislators to act on the critical issues of adequate school funding and excessive standardized testing. The lawmakers attending the breakfast made it clear that they have heard parents’ concerns.
“I think consensus is building” (for a change in testing), Sen. Balmer said.
“This conversation needs to be held because we’re at the point where students are not being served,” Rep. Buckner said.
Rep. Ryden complimented the district and parents for their involvement in these important issues.
“You are the leading school district in the state of Colorado and with that comes the responsibility to be a good role model,” Rep. Ryden said. “Cherry Creek shows what happens when the parents and everyone get involved.”
Parents promised they will keep the pressure on during the upcoming legislative session, which begins Jan. 7. CCCLN will host its annual Day at the Capitol on Mar. 20.