On November 3, Denver voters will elect new members to the Denver school board. Denver’s school board is in charge of passing policies that govern what kind of schools open in our neighborhoods, how we support schools that are struggling to help kids learn, and what kind of tools teachers have to unlock a lifelong love of learning for their students.
Today, too many children in Denver public schools aren’t graduating, too many are reading below grade level, and far too many don’t go to schools that will prepare them for success. We can do a lot better for Denver kids.
Over the past few months, Stand parents have led an endorsement process to evaluate the candidates running for Denver school board this year. At Stand Colorado, we run a rigorous endorsement process. Using surveys, candidate interviews, and other methods, our parents and members ask the tough questions of candidates to understand where they stand on key education issues. From there we decide who has what it takes to be an education champion.
These are the Denver school board candidates who have earned the endorsement of our parents and members this year:
Allegra “Happy” Haynes is finishing her first successful term on the DPS Board of Education and currently serves as the board’s president. She is also a former Denver City Council president, has worked for Mayors Peña and Hickenlooper, and was a member of the leadership team at DPS. Happy knows the challenges that confront Denver public schools and has solutions.
Happy will continue her leadership on the DPS school board and work to:
- Close the achievement gap so that every child, regardless of background, can succeed;
- Support and intervene in struggling schools with effective strategies; and
- Increase parent, student, and community engagement.
Anne Rowe is the current vice president of the School Board and is completing her first term. She is a successful Denver small-business owner, experienced community leader, and active mother of three DPS students.
She’ll continue her leadership on the DPS school board and work to:
- Make sure every parent can enroll their child in a great public school;
- Hire and support excellent teachers; and
- Recruit and train strong principals who are ready to lead.
Lisa Flores is a first-generation college graduate, a graduate of Denver Public Schools, and a former senior staff member for then-Mayor Hickenlooper. Lisa also worked for a small, family foundation where she worked to close the achievement gap for children from low-income families.
Lisa will work to:
- Ensure we have strong schools in every neighborhood;
- Expand access to early childhood education;
- Make sure every school has an exceptional principal; and
- Meet the needs of all learners.
Denver College Affordability Fund Initiative
In addition, our parents have endorsed an initiative on this year’s ballot that would increase Denver's sales tax to help our students pay for college. Students continue to struggle with affording a college education. Stand parents recognize this need and have endorsed Measure 2A as a real way to increase our kids’ access to college.
The tax would add 8 cents to every $100 purchase and would generate more than $10 million a year for the new Denver College Affordability Fund.
Up to $4,000 of need-based aid per year would be available to qualifying students who need help repaying loans or as reimbursements to scholarship organizations.