Partisan Politics Ignite a Colorado School Board Election
2013-10-15 by Paru Shah
Four seats on the currently all-Republican board are up for grabs this November on the Douglas County School Board. The board's efforts at education reform - including a voucher program, dissolution of the teachers' union agreement and a pay-for-performance plan - have ignited controversy in the community. Critics of the current school board say its agenda is being shaped by forces outside the county. National groups that favor market-based approaches in public education are also paying attention. The Douglas County Republican Party endorsed incumbents Doug Benevento and Meghann Silverthorn as challengers James Geddes and Judi Reynolds in late August 2013. The Douglas County Federation of Teachers endorsed challengers Barbra Chase Burke, Bill Holdges, Julie Keim and Ronda Scholting in first week of September. Read more here.