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Rise & Shine: Supporters of Dougco reforms expand reach to other board races


  • DPS board candidates who support the current district administration are still out-fundraising opponents by a wide margin in the latest round of campaign finance filings. EdNews Colorado
  • The candidates who support accountability-based reform efforts also got a big boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz. EdNews Colorado
  • Their financial edge has come in part because of a strengthening, well-financed political machine built to help keep the city’s reform efforts in place. EdNews Colorado
  • Douglas County’s board races also saw an influx of national money in the second round of filings, this time from the national teachers union. EdNews Colorado
  • Gov. John Hickenlooper is proposing a big boost in higher education funding for next year’s state budget. EdNews Colorado
  • Financial backers who support Douglas County-style reform are expanding their reach across the state and supporting candidates in Jeffco, Greeley-Evans, Mesa and Thompson as well. Denver Post
  • Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers’ political advocacy group, is spending big in local school board races, including the one in Douglas County. Politico
  • The campaign for Amendment 66 has united teachers unions and charter schools, two groups usually in opposition, but business groups are mainly sitting to the side. New York Times
  • And as the election nears, few voters still understand what the tax measure would actually do. AP via Coloradoan


  • Programs are helping foster kids make the transition to college and boosting their odds of succeeding. New York Times
  • Thieves are targeting schools and students are more schools issue tablets and other technology to students. USA Today


  • The president of the Independence Institute says that the vote on Amendment 66 may serve as a referendum on Hickenlooper. Denver Post
  • A small business owner argues that the tax measure will be good for business. Northern Colorado Business Report
  • The Gazette editorial board counters that increased spending would be a big burden on Colorado citizens.

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