JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Frustrated parents are holding a rally Wednesday evening as they try to recall members of the Jefferson County School Board.

The controversy has been brewing for a while, but the rally is the first real step seen taken against the board that will include the distribution of a petition to recall three members.

The group Jeffco United for Action says that for the last year the board has failed to listen to their community. The group wants the majority gone, and that includes Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams.

Jeffco United members — mostly parents — argue there’s been a lack of transparency, among other issues. The most visible to the community was last September when dozens of students from several of schools walked out of class angry because they say the school board majority tried to censor the Advanced Placement U.S. history class.

A spokesperson for the group behind the recall efforts, Wendy McCord, says they are standing up for students.

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“The lack of fiscal responsibility — Witt, Newkirk and Williams ring in on a conservative ticket and pledged fiscal responsibility, but what we’re really seeing is not fiscal responsibility,” McCord said. “We’re seeing hundreds of thousands of dollars going to things that their political agenda forwards without really considering how that impacts the whole community and what are the best use of funds for our kids.”

The rally began at 6 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.