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Colorado Board of Education District 1

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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    Lisa Escárcega
    (D)

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    Alan Hayman
    (L)

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    Zachary Laddison
    (AVP)

  • Sydnnia Wulff
    (R)

Biographical Information

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?

Background I grew up experiencing poverty and by the first grade had lived in 12 homes. My schools became my home and I have dedicated my career to paying that forward. I have worked in the k - 12 classroom, on the district level, and on the policy level.
Contact phone 303-995-8249
Our lack of funding for PK-12 public education is starving our schools and educators. This is on many levels, by many people, intentional. By not adequately funding our PK-12 schools, the narrative of ‘failing public schools’ gives the cover and support to the need for alternative, choice programs. The privatization sector has used this narrative to funnel money into the alternative, choice sector. Profit is the ultimate motivation which is achieved by selling of services and investment of real estate. Our challenge is to secure increased funding that is directed to traditional public schools and to expose the outside funding by those that want to privatize education. We need to redefine what a quality schools is, we begin to change the narrative away from ‘failing schools’ toward noting all schools have qualities of excellence and areas for celebration. Support for areas needing improvement is seen as a goal, rather than punishment or closure for failure.
First and foremost we must keep our children, their families, and the educators and staff in the school safe. With that being said it is clear that remote learning is not working. I am hoping we are able to find a way to get a hybrid model that will get all kids back in the classroom for some period of time, and be working on-line for remote learning as well. I do believe we will need to look carefully of the spots that are available and ensure that children who need in-person learning the most are given spots first. This would include our special needs students, as we have seen several reports showing that remote learning is not working for our special needs children and they deserve better.
To start we need to ask for another waiver for federal testing requirements. This will eliminate the time that is spent to teach to the test, and free up the 2 - 3 weeks that are spent taking the tests. This will allow teachers to put that energy back into the kids. Our teachers are amazing experts who prepare every year for the loss of learning due to the summer, but this is a much larger gap. Assuming our children come back in the fall, it will be to smaller class sizes. Studies show this will benefit our children and allow teachers to have more impactful time with our children. We will need to ensure we have tutor supports and mental health supports ready for our students to help the transition back into the classroom and to get back into learning.
We need to continue to feed our students who depend on our schools. For too many children our schools provide so much more than a building to learn in. We know food security and hunger are directly related to learning, and we should continue to feed all children on the FRL program at a bare minimum. DPS chose to not only feed students, but they fed families, whether they were on FRL or not, whether they are DPS families or not. The initial financial numbers on this program show that DPS is spending less while expanding who they give their lunches to. I would like to look into continuing to expand the program like this during COVID-19.
Background Alan has lived in Colorado for 7 years, has tutored students in math and chess, and has a BFA in film from the University of Arizona.
My number one priority is to ensure that all students have safe education choices made available to them, because no student in the state of Colorado should be deprived of an education. While no solution to the Covid crisis will be perfect, it is of the utmost importance that every option be given due consideration, with maximum involvement of teachers, parents, school administrators, and students.
The role of the State Board during this crisis should be to empower, rather than dictate, policy to local school boards. Each school district knows better what is in the interest of its community. To the extent that the State Board should be developing standards for each education option implemented locally, they should be thought of as best practices, and not rules.

In general, a greater emphasis should be placed on remote learning, if only in preparation for the ongoing risk of further school closure. South Korea, for example, closed its schools back down following a spike in Covid cases, despite its good record of having managed the crisis. Any actions regarding in-person schooling should only be made after taking into account the latest available data from local health officials.
The more preparations that can be made to provide distance learning options efficiently and effectively, the easier we can mitigate this very serious problem. Technology support for teachers and parents is very critical to ensuring success of these options.

Education Savings Accounts are another potential way to address gaps in a child's education during coronavirus, as they may allow parents the opportunity to do things they otherwise might not be able to afford. These can include hiring tutors, expanding after-school enrichment programs which have greatly suffered, and even extend teaching resources to those interested in microschooling and homeschooling.

Most importantly, because one-on-one education is the most effective kind there is, school administrators should work closely with public health officials to find the most appropriate pathway towards eventually reopening schools safely.
The reduced lunch program is meant to address the very real problem of child hunger, and while it may not be the best long term solution to that problem, at this time, I would not make any changes to the program as laid out by the current State Board of Ed.
My number one priority is reaching the most amount of voters, and letting them know about Approval Voting. To show them that there is already a movement to change our voting method to a more fair, logical, and representative system, free from the problems presented by a two-party system, including gerrymandering and vote splitting.
I'm sure I'm unqualified to answer these questions, BUT, if you also think the mainstream parties' answers are unsatisfactory, then Approval Voting can help you not have to choose between the lesser of two evils. More democracy is needed to solve such complex issues in this time of crisis, and future crises.
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