New school board majorities re-shaping education policy in Denver and Jefferson County were rejected in the Nov. 1 election, as voters appeared to affirm the paths being undertaken by leadership in those districts.
In Douglas County, voters elected a GOP-endorsed, pro-voucher slate of three school board members while rejecting two district tax proposals.
“If you combine the two messages, voters want to continue with education reform but they want to do it very economically,” said Dougco School Board President John Carson.
And across Colorado, voters soundly defeated a proposal to raise state sales and incomes taxes to boost education funding. They also turned down most school district tax hikes to boost operating dollars and to finance school building needs.
Education News Colorado headlines from the election:
- Nov. 3 – Denver school board – Candidate concedes in northwest Denver
- Nov. 2 – School district tax measures – District tax votes mark historic low
- Nov. 1 – Denver school board – DPS board likely still 4-3 split
- Nov. 1 – Dougco, Jeffco school boards – GOP influence nets mixed results
- Nov. 1 – Proposition 103 – Proposition 103 soundly rejected
- Nov. 1 – School district tax measures – Bloodbath for district tax plans
EdNews Colorado also created an elections center to inform voters as they cast their ballots. Follow these links to pages containing candidate information, including their positions on vouchers and tax increases, as well as recent media coverage, upcoming debates and forums, and candidate responses to surveys and questionnaires:
- Election 2011: Jefferson County School Board
- Election 2011: Denver School Board
- Election 2011: Douglas County School Board
We’ve also got the background on Proposition 103 and coverage of the school districts seeking more than $560 million in operating increases and bond issues: