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Updated November 7, 2018
Colorado State Board of Education incumbents sail to victory
The biggest task in front of the board right now is determining what happens to low-performing schools.
June 13, 2018
Some Colorado officials wanted fourth-graders to learn about the benefits of guns. Here’s why it won’t happen
Colorado fourth-graders won’t be asked to demonstrate their understanding of the possible benefits of gun ownership as part of their unit on conflict resolution.
February 17, 2018
Debora Scheffel chosen by acclamation to fill State Board of Ed vacancy
Debora Scheffel previously represented the 6th Congressional District on the board but lost that seat in 2016 to Democrat Rebecca McClellan.
back to the future
February 12, 2018
Debora Scheffel wants to fill State Board of Education vacancy ‘as a matter of service’
A former State Board of Education member whose defeat in 2016 handed control of the board to Democrats could be on her way back.
July 7, 2017
Debora Scheffel, former state board of education member, announces bid for Douglas County school board
A new slate of candidates is running for seats currently held by members of the board's conservative faction.
November 8, 2016
Scheffel holding on to state board of education seat by slim margin
Late returns show incumbent Republican Debora Scheffel narrowly leading in a much-watched State Board of Education race, effectively maintaining the status quo of the board.
Follow the money
November 1, 2016
Education reform group continues to spend big in state board race
The political committee linked to Democrats for Education reform spent $80,000 to help Rebecca McClellan win her seat.
Colorado Votes 2016
October 21, 2016
High stakes, big money dominate this key Colorado board of education race
Colorado's State Board of Education is currently controlled by Republicans by a vote. The outcome of this race could change that.
Follow the money
October 18, 2016
Colorado teachers union, reform groups find common ground on shifting political power on state board
Plus, the state's largest teachers union, in a rare move, is supporting a Republican for a state House race.
Party of Seven
June 13, 2016
Colorado state board and education commissioner held a secret meeting — but accomplished nothing
On the first Wednesday in March, six of the seven members of the State Board of Education met for a private dinner with the man…
Too small to fail?
March 12, 2014
State board hints at different paths forward for two very different struggling districts
The differences between two struggling school districts -- one urban and one rural but both of which face a looming deadline to dramatically improve their student outcomes or face state intervention -- are forcing state officials to grapple with how they will tailor turnaround efforts to meet divergent district needs.
February 13, 2014
Privacy concerns, federal involvement dominate data security discussion
Local control and privacy concerns came head to head during the State Board of Education’s discussion of student data collection and security Thursday. Board members…
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