[Susan notes: The effort to gain signatures for a ballot referendum was valiant--and it's not over. The small group of resisters won't give up the fight. My qustion is: How many teachers are there in Colorado? Why aren't thousands joining this fight?]
To the editor
The CSAP scores are in! Some are up, some are down. Do some suggest trends? Do others appear to be anomolies? One's mind numbs with the onslaught of CSAP statistics. One more statistic just came forth from the Office of the Secretary of State. 12,485 people signed ballot initiative #83 to put the elimination of CSAP before the voters in November. We can look at that statistic at least two ways. Could it be an anomoly or a trend? 12,485 is a far cry from the 67,000 plus signatures needed to see the ballot. But this was a cause forwarded by lots of heart and neither money nor support from educational organizations. The only resources were committed parents and teachers who knew that they were doing the right thing. No, voices from the heart are never anomolies.
Don Perl, activist & former Greeley, CO teacher
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