Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

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When the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education meets on Thursday, October 2, it will pick up the hot-potato topic -- the Curriculum Review Committee -- that has inspired student walk-outs across the district, creating an unofficial crash course in civil disobedience in the process. But when new boardmember Julie Williams first proposed creating a curriculum committee last month, she wasn't just taking aim at Advanced Placement U.S. History, with its pesky emphasis on "civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law." She also suggested that the group's initial projects include a review of the "elementary health curriculum."

See also: Read Jeffco Superintendent's Letter to Parents About Students Patriotic History Plan Protest

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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