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Colorado Board of Education District 3

Seven elected officials representing Colorado's Congressional Districts serve as members of the Colorado State Board of Education. They are charged by the Colorado Constitution with the general supervision of the public schools. They have numerous powers and duties specified in state law. Every other year the State Board elects a chairman and vice-chairman from its own membership; the Commissioner of Education acts as a non-voting secretary to the Board. Individuals are elected on a partisan basis to serve six-year terms without pay.Junta Estatal de EducaciónSiete oficiales electos que representan al Distrito del Congreso de Colorado sirven como miembros de la Junta Estatal de la Educación de Colorado. Según la Constitución de Colorado, son responsables de la supervisión general de las escuelas públicas. Tienen varios poderes y responsabilidades especificados por la ley del estado. Cada dos años, la Junta del Estado elige un presidente y vicepresidente entre sus propios miembros; el Comisionado de Educación actúa como un secretario no votante para la Junta. Individuos son elegidos conforme a su partido para servir mandatos de seis años sin pago. _________ELECTION INFO: General Election ballots will start to be mailed on October 9th, 2020. Voter Service and Polling Centers open on Monday, October 19th, 2020. Ballots must be received via mail or at drop-off no later than Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, by 7 pm. If you have not received your ballot or need a replacement, contact your local Clerk & Recorder Elections Office.INFROMACIÓN SOBRE LAS ELECCIONES: Las papeletas de votación para las Elecciones Generales empezarán a ser enviadas el 9 de octubre del 2020. Los Centros de Servicios Electorales se abren el lunes, 19 de octubre del 2020. Las papeletas electorales deben ser enviadas por correo o entregadas en un centro de entrega a más tardar a las 7pm el martes, 3 de noviembre del 2020. Si no ha recibido su papeleta electoral o necesita un reemplazo, comuníquese con su Funcionario Oficial de la Oficina de Elecciones local.

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  • Joyce Rankin
    (R)

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    Mayling Simpson
    (D)

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What is your number one priority and why?

What changes would you favor making to the regular school schedule and/or classes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, if any? How would the special needs of students be supported?

What recommendations, if any, would you make to address the potential loss of learning (the “COVID-19 slide”)?

What changes, if any, would you make to the reduced lunch program in the event that online learning continues?

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Background Mayling Simpson holds a BA in Biology and Education and a Ph.D. in Anthropology. She has been an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a Senior Technical Officer at the World Health Organization and worked in foreign countries. She has taught in high school and college
Contact phone 970-819-5563
My number one priority is increasing funding for schools and teacher salaries. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our schools in congressional district 3 were in need of major repairs or rebuilding. Furthermore, our teacher salaries are among the lowest in the United States while Colorado sits in the top one-third of states with the highest cost of living. With an average starting salary of $33,483 (2017-2018), only five states have lower starting salaries for teachers. We must change this. Further, I would like to see more state support for teacher education in the form of free or reduced college tuition in exchange for teaching for a period of time in a Colorado school district. Rather than charging tuition for obtaining a teacher’s license, I would like to see college students paid a bonus for achieving that license.
I favor changes to school schedules that will cut in half the number of children per classroom in all school districts where the spread of Covid-19 is greater than 1 and less than 10 new case per 100,000 population over the previous two-week period. I do not favor having schools open when the spread reaches medium levels, that is, above 10 cases per 100,000 population over the previous two-week period. As the virus spreads and changes in localities over time, all school districts should be prepared to offer classes remotely as blended learning (some in-person and some remote) or as full-time remote. I favor school districts giving all students a laptop and connecting all families to Internet service. I favor the Department of Education providing real-time data-driven guidance to school districts, parents and teachers, across the state that is updated daily. Children with special needs will need more attention. Special needs teachers may be able to visit some students in their homes.
One way to address the potential loss of learning is to change to a year-round school schedule, provided that the State of Colorado increases per pupil funding that could be used to increase teacher salaries for year-round work. Another alternative is that students could be put on a 4-day school week, and then on the fifth day, teachers could focus on those students who are most falling behind. Many districts that adopted the 4-day week for financial reasons are finding that it is working well for both students and teachers. Some of those districts have told me that Friday schooling for students who are falling behind is working extremely well.
Most school districts are already delivering lunches to children through pick-up points. I would not make any changes to this system should online learning continues. School districts could consider delivering meals to all children who are staying at home whether or not they qualify for free lunches. Many families whose children, before the pandemic, did not receive free or reduced lunches may now qualify. School districts need to be prepared therefore to expand their free lunch programs to more children. Parents who do not need these lunches could be asked to opt-out.