Video: The fight for a school's future in Colorado in captioned.
Rocky Mountain Deaf School is trying to purchase vacant property from a local school district to build a school of its own. But a group of neighbors calling itself 2090 Coalition circulated a petition to force a vote to overturn the property's rezoning, claiming that the land belongs to the city of Lakewood.
The coalition used paid petitioners who were overheard lying to voters about what the petition is about. The coalition itself is also lying to Lakewood citizens by claiming a vote in favor of overturning the rezoning will save "open space." If the rezoning is overturned, the property will NOT remain open space, but will return to K-8 zoning and still belong to Jefferson County Public Schools.
The first portion of this video shows the current facility RMDS is in. The second portion consists of interviews with two RMDS supporters who personally heard and witnessed misconduct by the coalition's paid petitioners.
Video by TSchupner
This video was produced by Tara Schupner, a writer for Deaf Echo. Her columns about the issue can be viewed at http://deafecho.com/2012/07/not-in-my-backyard-the-truth-about-the-fight-for-a-deaf-schools-future/ from www.deafecho.com.
She also published a column with The Denver Post; it can be viewed at http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_21221191/guest-commentary-education-crucial-petition-process.
Also seen on article: http://deafyouvideo.blogspot.com/2012/07/2090-coalition-support-rocky-mountain.html