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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.
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.
August 23, 2017
Unified against Trump, the country’s would-be Democratic governors are divided on education
Coming to a Democratic primary near you: a clash over education issues.
Taking the pledge
August 21, 2017
Colorado gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis goes back to school with preschool-pledge commercial
Several gubernatorial hopefuls are incorporating messages about public education into their campaigns.
Follow the money
July 18, 2017
Network of education reformers continue to help shape governor’s race in Colorado
Political observers predict the race to succeed Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, will be the most expensive in history.
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.
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.
December 12, 2016
State Sen. Michael Johnston reflects on six years of education reform as term ends
Before the next legislative session (and the 2018 governor’s race), we sat down with Johnston to discuss the future of the education reform movement.
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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