Cassandra Shenk, left, and Chelsea Bookout, with the Valley Charter Initiative, talk about the Waldorf inspired charter school they want to see open in Paonia during a public meeting at Paonia Elementary in December of 2014.
A policy adopted by the Delta County School Board allows outside parties to distribute religious materials on school grounds. Ali Lightfoot speaks with Kurt Clay, Assistant Superintendent for the Delta County School District who explains the policy and Andrew Seidel, an attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an organization that believes the distribution of religious materials in schools creates social pressure for students and infringes on the rights of parents to direct the religious or non-religious upbringing of their children.
On Dec. 5, 2014 more than 50 parents, teachers, and community members attended a public meeting at Paonia Elementary to learn about the proposed Waldorf inspired charter school the Valley Charter Initiative wants to open.
A recently-elected Delta County School Board member has stirred controversy with her comments on transgender students using school facilities that match their gender identity, rather than their biological gender.