Rise & Shine: Local school board elections entering waning days

Good morning and happy Friday.

The oft-repeated description of this being an "off" year election doesn't apply for public education.

While the Nov. 7 ballot is free of state or federal office holders — or even a statewide ballot issue — local ballots feature school board races that will carry import for kids, teachers, families and everyone who cares about Colorado.

We're in the final stretch of our coverage at Chalkbeat, and today we've got a slew of stories on the races in Denver, Douglas County and elsewhere.

Still sitting on that ballot? Look for a special email later today that puts all of our essential coverage in one place.


Eric Gorski, bureau chief


ELECTION 2017 The Denver school board race has grown more contentious, with accusations flying about the influence of outside money and attempts to tie candidates who back the district’s agenda to unpopular Republicans. Chalkbeat

Denver’s at-large school board race features a familiar face and two challengers who want change. Chalkbeat

Churches and religious organization — including the Catholic diocese of Colorado Springs — are getting involved in the Douglas County school board race. Colorado Independent

Yet another dispatch from the election battleground that is Dougco, this time from a TV station. CBS4

Drama in Aspen, too, where a candidate is questioning how the district is interpreting data. Aspen Daily News

On the other side of the excitement spectrum, other school board races are uncontested. CPR

TESTING, TESTING When teachers are better at raising test scores, their students are less happy, a new study finds. Chalkbeat

KEEPING KIDS SAFE Three Colorado Springs middle schools are participating in a violence prevention program. Gazette

CLASS PROJECT St. Vrain Valley students have won a $10,000 grant to design emergency beacon system. Times-Call