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Colorado Votes 2018
All in a Name
April 14, 2018
Colorado Democrats overwhelmingly reject Democrats for Education Reform at state assembly
After booing down the head of the education reform organization, delegates voted overwhelmingly to call for the organization to no longer use “Democrats” in its name.
Doing more with more
April 6, 2018
Colorado gubernatorial hopeful Mike Johnston, known as an education reformer, says what schools really need is money
Johnston released an education platform this week that hinges on a major tax reform and calls for free full-day kindergarten and higher pay for teachers.
Out of the game
March 20, 2018
The businessman who went to bat for apprenticeships is out of Colorado’s governor’s race
Noel Ginsburg, an advocate for apprenticeships and a critic of Colorado’s teacher effectiveness law, has withdrawn from the Democratic race for governor.
February 28, 2018
Gubernatorial candidate Noel Ginsburg wants to do away with Colorado’s educator effectiveness law
Businessman Noel Ginsburg's education platform calls for high-quality apprenticeships, more money for schools, and the repeal of key education reform legislation.
year in review
December 20, 2017
In 2017, Colorado’s public schools were a major theme for Colorado gubernatorial hopefuls
The race is only expected to intensify in the new year. The primaries — the first-ever in which unaffiliated voters can participate — are scheduled for June.
October 16, 2017
We asked six Colorado school board members what they want from the state’s next governor. Here’s what they said.
Issues ranged from the state's teacher shortage to vocational training for high school students.
Colorado Votes 2018
October 13, 2017
Five things we learned when Colorado’s gubernatorial candidates got on the same stage to talk about education
It was the first Colorado gubernatorial forum this cycle to focus exclusively on education issues.
September 12, 2017
Doug Robinson, GOP candidate for governor, wants more authority to fix state’s struggling schools
If elected governor, Robinson wants to encourage school districts to differentiate pay.
An early promise
June 12, 2017
Gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis wants to make preschool and full-day kindergarten free. That could prove tough.
Congressman Jared Polis is the latest Democrat with deep ties to the state’s education community to announce his bid for Colorado governor.
Updated April 18, 2017
Out-of-state donations stand out in Michael Johnston’s first campaign finance report in governor’s race
Johnston’s national support could work both for and against him, political observers say.
April 10, 2017
Cary Kennedy jumps into Colorado governor’s race, citing need to pay teachers “as professionals”
Congressman Ed Perlmutter, former State Sen. Michael Johnston also are part of what could be a crowded Democratic field in 2018.
Off to the races
April 3, 2017
This Denver high school student is running for a school board seat. (Yes, he’s 18.)
A majority of seats on the Denver school board are up for grabs this November.
March 23, 2017
Salazar won’t run in governor’s race featuring strong education storylines
In a Denver Post commentary explaining why isn’t running, Salazar took a broad view of the challenges in education.
Here We Go
January 17, 2017
Johnston launches gubernatorial bid with proposal for debt-free college, career training
Johnston, a nationally recognized education reformer, is one of the first Democrats to announce his candidacy for governor.
Off to the races
January 16, 2017
Michael Johnston, leading education reformer, set to announce bid for governor Tuesday
Johnston is expected to be one of many to make a bid to replace Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is term limited.
The race thickens
December 13, 2016
State Sen. Michael Merrifield, who pushed for dramatic cuts in testing, considers gubernatorial run
Merrifield, 69, said he believes he can rally the growing progressive wing of the Democratic Party in Colorado that supported U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.
December 8, 2016
Michael Johnston, architect of Colorado’s teacher evaluation system, considering bid for governor
Other Democrats whose names have been floated as possible candidates are Ken Salazar, Ed Perlmutter, and Cary Kennedy.
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