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Rise & Shine: What Colorado’s election results mean for education

Good morning!

Chalkbeat is your one-stop-shop for education-related election coverage, and today's newsletter is packed with results, from the failure of a statewide ballot measure that would have raised $1.6 billion for schools and the election of a governor who has made bold education promises, to the passage of a tax increase in Aurora and a split result in Jeffco. See the vote tallies of the races we followed here, and read our full stories below. They include an analysis by Erica that explains what the Democratic "blue wave" could mean for education in Colorado.

— Melanie Asmar, reporter


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ELECTION RESULTS Democrats won every statewide office in Colorado Tuesday and now hold the coveted “trifecta” of state government — governor, House, and Senate. But this surge of enthusiasm could not carry a statewide tax increase for schools to victory. What does this mean for education issues? Chalkbeat

With Colorado’s third attempt to raise taxes for education going down in defeat, backers of Amendment 73 looked to the future Tuesday. Chalkbeat, Denver Post, Greeley Tribune, Coloradoan, CBS4, Fox31, 9News, Aurora Sentinel

It appears likely that Jefferson County voters passed a tax increase that would raise teacher salaries, but rejected a bond measure for school construction. Chalkbeat, Westminster Window, Columbine Courier

The fate of Westminster’s $9.9 million measure to increase local funding for schools remains uncertain, with election results showing a tight contest. Chalkbeat

Aurora’s $35 million tax request for schools was approved with considerable support. Chalkbeat, Aurora Sentinel

Two Colorado State Board of Education incumbents held on to their seats in an election that did not change the balance of power on the partisan board. Chalkbeat

Democrat Jared Polis will be Colorado’s next governor. Here’s where he stands on education issues. Chalkbeat

Voters in Loveland’s Thompson School District approved both a $149 million bond request and a $13.8 mill levy override. Reporter-Herald, Coloradoan

Harrison School District 2, the Pikes Peak region’s most socio-economically diverse district, approved its first bond measure in 18 years. Gazette

A mill levy override aimed at boosting teacher pay in the Garfield Re-2 School District was headed for approval Tuesday night. However, voters were rejecting a bond issue to pay for additional classrooms at two elementary schools. Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

A $40 million mill levy override to benefit the Douglas County School District had 52.35 percent of the vote late Tuesday night, while a $250 million bond had 51.04 percent. Castle Rock News-Press

Voters in Hayden and South Routt approved property tax referendums 4A and 5A, both of which provide funds for their respective school districts. Steamboat Pilot

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Thousands of eighth-grade students in Denver Public Schools got a chance to look ahead to the future Tuesday with a career fair designed just for them. CBS4