The drama around the effort to recall Denver Public Schools board president Nate Easley has reached a new low. We recently learned of a blog called "Decline to Sign -- Easley for Better Schools." The first words on the homepage are this: "I'm Dr. Nate Easley, and I am on the school board for Denver Public Schools. I've only been on the school board for a little over a year, and now, the people who helped get me elected are trying to recall me. It's B.S." Only it's not Easley.
Further reading makes that clear. From the homepage:
But now people are mad at me. Some of them thought I was serious when I said I would give parents a voice in our schools. These people even believe they should have a say in how I vote. I mean, sure, some of them worked hard for me when I ran for office back in 2009. So now they think they should be able to meet with me? I mean, really? I have a job, man. I don't have time for all this meeting shit! After all, I'm the one with the "Dr." in front of his name.
The blog, which features a smiling black-and-white photo of Easley, also has sections called "People Who Like Me," "Who I Am" and "What I've Done." "People Who Like Me" lists several politicians who have said they support Easley and disagree with the recall effort, followed by snarky comments. From that section:
Governor John Hickenlooper likes me. He said so just before he cut $350 million from our state's education budget, but he felt really bad when he did that.
The "Who I Am" and "What I've Done" sections are similarly belligerent. An excerpt:
DPS has hired 500 new teachers! We also fired a bunch of old teachers who are now suing us for age discrimination. That could cost our schools a bunch of money, maybe even $100 million! Don't worry, though, John Hickenlooper's got our backs. He knows where the money comes from. Plus, the new teachers are young and accountable! Its very inspiring!
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Easley says the blog is completely unauthorized, though its web address, www.easleyforbetterschools.com, is dangerously close to that of his official website, www.easleyforbetterschools.org. His actual site is more professional-looking and features a color picture of Easley with three students, as well as two options to click: Contribute or Volunteer.
"There's only one website that I've approved," Easley says. "Anything else that's out there is probably... a childish attempt to make me look bad. But it's not something I can engage in because I'm sure it's anonymous."
He's right -- on both counts, we believe.
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