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We sent surveys to all the 2017 Douglas County school board candidates. Read their answers here.

Ponderosa High School students in 2016 staged a walkout to protest what they say is a high teacher turnover rate caused decisions made by the Douglas County School District. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)
Ponderosa High School students in 2016 staged a walkout to protest what they say is a high teacher turnover rate caused decisions made by the Douglas County School District. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

This fall, thousands of Coloradans will vote in dozens of local school board races across the state.

In many cases, their votes will determine the philosophical direction of their school districts. Should there be more charter schools? How much should the district pay teachers? How should the district boost learning for its most vulnerable students? These are just some of the policy questions school boards consider. And with majority control up for grabs on many boards, the stakes are especially high in 2017.

In order to help voters decide who to vote for, Chalkbeat surveyed candidates in some of the most hotly contested races. Below are their responses, which have been lightly edited for clarity.

To use our survey, readers can select specific races, then click on a candidate’s name to show or hide their responses.

For more information about this year’s election, click here for our previous coverage and click here for our campaign diary that’s filled with tidbits from the trail.

Interested in more than one school district? Click here for candidate surveys from Denver, Jefferson County and Aurora.

Update: This post has been updated to correct technical errors related to some candidates photos. When the survey was originally posted, Grant Nelson’s and Randy Mills’s photos were attached to opposite candidate’s answers. Also, photos for Chris Schor and Debora Scheffel were missing.

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