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Welcome to Thursday!

If you want more education-related election news, we've got you covered. Check out our roundup of school tax measures across Colorado, from the state's second-largest district to a tiny 96-student district in the southwestern part of the state.

If you'd like a break from the ballot, we've got something for you, too. Leading off today's newsletter is a story about a public records request that could signal that the Denver teachers union is trying to get charter school teachers to join, a controversial move that would significantly swell its ranks.

And don't miss the story out of Boulder about social media in middle schools.

— Melanie Asmar, reporter


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OPEN RECORD The Denver teachers union used state law to make a public records request for the names, email addresses, and salaries of every charter school teacher in the school district. The request could signal that the union plans to try to get charter school teachers to join. Chalkbeat

ELECTION RESULTS Voters in more than two dozen Colorado school districts agreed to tax increases on Tuesday, with some districts seeing success after several previous attempts failed. Chalkbeat

The solid rejection of Amendment 73, the statewide tax measure that would have raised $1.6 billion annually for Colorado’s schools, is forcing educators to look to the governor-elect and state lawmakers for help. Denver Post

If you want to raise taxes in Colorado, success depends on how you ask. Exhibit A: Voters rejected all the statewide tax ballot measures on Election Day, but they approved some targeted, local tax increases. Colorado Public Radio

The “blue wave” in Colorado didn’t touch Amendment 73, an income tax for education, or Proposition 110, a sales tax for transportation. Both lost by wide margins. And now Colorado goes back to the drawing board in the continuing effort to fix underfunding in schools and on roads. Colorado Independent

DISCONNECTED Boulder Valley School District has cut off middle school students’ access to social media, at least if they’re using the school district’s Wi-Fi. Daily Camera

OUSTED Nearly six months after being suspended, Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1 Superintendent Les Lindauer has lost his job. The school board had brought 13 allegations against Lindauer, detailing actions they said violated district policy and procedures. Gazette