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Denver mayoral candidates on education

Scroll down to see larger version of video plus sound bites from candidates’ opening remarks.
They’re not eager to take over Denver Public Schools and they give mixed marks to recent DPS reforms, such as the turnaround plan in Far Northeast Denver.

But with one eloquent exception, they raise a thumbs-up to Senate Bill 191, the educator effectiveness law that will link student achievement to teacher and principal evaluations.

Seven of the 16 candidates seeking the job of Denver mayor met Friday morning for a mayoral forum on education, hosted at KIPP Collegiate High School on the Rishel campus.

The candidates who appeared, in alphabetical order, are Doug Linkhart, James Mejia, Chris Romer, Kenneth Simpson, Theresa Spahn, Thomas Andrew Wolf and Eric Zinn. Click on a name to link to the candidate’s website. Go here for information on the other candidates.

Candidate intros – Sound bites from their brief opening remarks

On the issues – Short clips of their responses to questions

Video notes – Not all candidates were asked all questions. Order of response was determined by random drawing. Some candidates passed when asked for responses on more detailed education proposals.