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August 30, 2013
Campaign season busy in some districts, dull in others
School board elections this year look to be lively in Denver, Douglas County, Jefferson County and some other big metro-area districts. But things will be…
August 29, 2013
Merida bows out of Denver board race
DPS board member Andrea Merida is ending her re-election bid, citing her displeasure with the influence of national campaign contributions in board races and the increased influence of federal policies on district decision-making.
August 8, 2013
Regent Geddes files papers to run for Dougco board
An interesting name has popped up in the already-crowded field of candidates for four seats on the Douglas County school board. Republican James Geddes, a…
August 7, 2013
School board campaign season officially opens
Some candidates have been campaigning for months, but the “official” start of the school board campaign season came Wednesday, the first day that candidates could begin circulating nomination petitions.
July 2, 2013
CEA antes up for K-12 tax proposal campaign
The Colorado Education Association has provided an initial donation of $250,000 for the campaign to pass a $950 million K-12 tax increase.
June 27, 2013
Ballot measure petitions may be pricey
It could cost up to $250,000 to gather the petitions needed to put a K-12 tax increase on the November ballot, some political observers say.
June 25, 2013
Ballot measure campaign finally launches
Advocates of a $950 million education tax increase Tuesday kicked off their campaign with a low-key news release.
June 13, 2013
Petition approval gives clue to K-12 ballot measure
Backers of a proposed tax increase for K-12 schools haven’t announced which ballot measure they’ll push for the November election, but a recent filing with the state hints at the likely finalist.
June 5, 2013
Hick “ambivalent” on tax plan preference
Gov. John Hickenlooper said Wednesday he’s still “ambivalent” about his preference among 16 proposed ballot measures that would raise additional state funds for K-12 education.
May 15, 2013
Promising "an education city," Thompson sets schools agenda
Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson presented his education policy platform in a speech Wednesday at NYU. When former comptroller Bill Thompson took the stage at the United Federation of Teachers conference on Saturday, he joined fellow mayoral candidates in criticizing Mayor Bloomberg's education record. But Thompson, the former president of the city's Board of Education who ran against Bloomberg is 2009, took a more measured approach when putting together his formal education platform. He outlined the platform today in a policy speech at New York University, becoming the first candidate to set out a complete education agenda. Thompson's platform — which skimmed over some important issues — reflects ample criticism of Bloomberg administration education policies. He reiterated a commitment to avoid school closures, promised to "lead with teachers" rather than threaten them, vowed to involve parents in policy making, and pledged to reduce schools' emphasis on testing. But it also signals that Thompson would expand, not end, many of Bloomberg's school policies.
May 14, 2013
Introducing our election feature: "The Next Education Mayor"
With the race for City Hall the most contested the city has seen in years, education voters have a lot of options. But keeping track of the major candidates' views on complex education policy issues can be a challenge. That's why we created "The Next Education Mayor," a special feature that tracks mayoral candidates' statements on important education policy issues during the 2013 campaign season. It launches today with over 150 opinions from all nine leading candidates and will be continually updated through November's mayoral election.
May 13, 2013
Candidates vie for UFT support, with varying degrees of success
Six mayoral candidates attended the United Federation of Teachers mayoral debate Saturday during the union's spring conference. Left to right: Bill Thompson, Adolfo Carrión, Jr., Christine Quinn, Bill de Blasio, Sal Albanese and John Liu. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn fought hard to distance herself from the Bloomberg administration during a mayoral debate hosted by the teachers union on Saturday, but she could not escape being the only candidate to be booed by union members angry at the mayor's education policies. When UFT officials asked the mayoral candidates at the teachers union's spring conference whether they believed the next chancellor needs to be an educator, Quinn's answer stood out from the chorus of "yes" responses. "Not necessarily," she said. It was not a new stance for Quinn, who has said for months that she believes a qualified non-educator could successfully lead the school system. But when she cited as someone who fit the bill U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, whose agenda overlaps with Bloomberg's, she drew loud boos from the crowd. It was a major misstep for Quinn, the Democratic frontrunner, as she worked to hit the right notes during the United Federation of Teachers' mayoral debate, which came a month before the union — one of the city's most powerful political forces — plans to endorse a mayoral candidate for the first time since 2001.
May 7, 2013
In new ad campaign, city's charter sector aims to explain itself
On each side of the split screen, a girl with long hair and a puffy white coat walks to school, where she works on a writing assignment, raises her hand to answer a question, watches the clock, and walks past a bulletin board plastered with student work. Then the divider disappears and the two girls leave the building hand in hand to stack blocks on a crowded playground.
April 18, 2013
Maybe-candidate Weiner's education priorities are a throwback
The city's schools are different now from how they were in 2009, the last time Anthony Weiner considered a mayoral run. Two chancellors have left, and two have arrived; budgets are tighter after successive years of cuts; and students and teachers are being asked to meet higher standards. But for Weiner, the disgraced politician who is weighing a comeback mayoral candidacy, not much has changed. In a policy brief he released early this week as part of a media campaign to test the electoral waters, he lists school discipline as the city's top education priority — just as he did in a similar document in 2009. Weiner has drawn criticism for re-releasing the document, called "Keys to the City," without a thorough revision. But the education section of the new version is more detailed than the 2009 version. Weiner lists 11 educational priorities, starting with "streamline the process of removing troublesome kids from the classroom" and ending with a proposal to give New Yorkers who complete a year of service a free year's tuition at the City University of New York.
March 31, 2013
Lots of ways to raise your taxes
The 24 proposed ballot measures that would raise taxes to help pay for K-12 schools suggest a variety of ways to do that.
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