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Your one-stop guide to the 2017 Aurora school board races

Aurora Public Schools Superintendent Rico Munn, center, greets students at the Mosley P8 school on opening day with Principal Carrie Clark.
Aurora Public Schools Superintendent Rico Munn, center, greets students at the Mosley P8 school on opening day with Principal Carrie Clark.
Nicholas Garcia

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, Douglas and Jefferson counties.

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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.

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There’s been a lot of change in one of Colorado’s lowest-performing school districts.

Superintendent Rico Munn has launched ambitious school improvement efforts and invited charter schools to help. More change is coming: the school board is poised to gain new members.

Both the teachers union, which has been skeptical of Munn’s agenda, and education advocacy groups that have supported changes in Denver are duking it out in this new battleground.

Here’s a look at the candidates’ positions, and here’s a closer look at the race.

Finally, check out Chalkbeat’s latest report on campaign contributions and spending.

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