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A one stop guide to the 2017 Jefferson County school board race

Jeffco superintendent Jason Glass at the Boys & Girls in Lakewood (Marissa Page, Chalkbeat).
Jeffco superintendent Jason Glass at the Boys & Girls in Lakewood (Marissa Page, Chalkbeat).

It’s the final weekend before Election Day in Colorado and thousands of voters in the Denver-metro area have big choices to make about their local school boards.

For months, Chalkbeat has been covering key races that carry implications for traditionally underserved students and for education policy in Colorado.

Interest groups are on pace to spend more than $2 million to influence your vote. So yeah, a lot is riding on your vote.

Many people wait to vote, so we thought it’d be helpful to put our most essential coverage of races in Denver all in one place. That includes surveys candidates answered in response to questions from Chalkbeat. There are similar roundups of coverage in Denver, Aurora and Douglas County.

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If you haven’t voted by mail, it’s probably too late to mail it. Best to drop off your ballot at an approved location. You can find a drop box or a place to vote in person here.


What a difference two years makes. In 2015, the race to control Jeffco Public Schools captured widespread interest.

Now, only two seats on the five-member school board are in play, with the board’s current president is running unopposed.

The current board has made some big changes (hired a new superintendent) and faced major setbacks (voters rejected a tax increase in 2016). Has the board won the trust of the community or is a huge upset possible?

Here’s a look at the race and where the candidates stand on the issues facing the state’s second largest school district.

Finally, check out Chalkbeat’s latest reporting on campaign contributions and expenditures.

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