COLORADO SPRINGS – School board elections are gaining more and more attention across the country.
Typically, races are low-key and inexpensive, but burning issues such as presidential elections, mask-wearing, and critical race theory attract more interest.
âI started to see it with the websites that the candidates created for themselves. Big, bold print at the top it looks like conservative or Christian and I was very confused because I was reading Ballotpedia where it would say non-partisan .I had a really tough time connecting the two because how can you say that you are non-partisan but that you are advertising as the conservative and Christian option for District 20, âsaid Bernadette Guthrie, parent. of the District 20 School Academy.
“The lack of experience in the field is pretty scary. They are one problem candidates, the only platforms they have are masks and critical race theory. There is so much more, so much more. “mundane details that go into the administration of a school district the size of D20. I don’t know what would happen if some of these applicants had to sit down,” said Rob Rogers, Academy School District 20.
With so many applicants focused on topics related to the pandemic and critical race theory, the Academy’s school district parent group has formed a policy committee. Big Fashion focuses on supporting candidates and issues that align with the core values ââof the group of logic, reason, compassion and civic engagement.
âThis is really a popular campaign of hundreds of parents in the district who want change but we don’t have the black money, a lot of money and the funding that some of these candidates have. that basically we are going to do it from scratch with the help of the community for parents who are very passionate about our district, âsaid Lara Matisek, parent of school district 20 of the Academy.
UCCS political science professor Josh Dunn says these burning issues really pushed parents to get more involved.
âI think that’s why you’re seeing it not only locally, but nationally. There’s a lot of attention and heightened feelings about what’s going on. It’s all over the country, and we don’t are not an arbitration, âsaid Dunn. âIt seems to happen every few years in Colorado. I think what’s different this year is that it’s statewide now, a lot more statewide interest,â he said. Dunn said.
He says it seems parents are looking to school board races to avoid certain ideologies.
âIt turns out that school boards have enormous authority. They have tremendous authority to dictate the curriculum, and school boards literally have the power to give teachers a script and say you’re going to read this and never deviate. They don’t do that. most of the time they don’t exercise that authority because if you look at school boards you have people who have other jobs and don’t have time to monitor what’s going on in the school district â, Dunn said.
El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman says there appears to be an increase in the number of applicants this year.
âEspecially in District 20, there are ten in total. It’s a very competitive and maybe passionate competition, but that’s what makes democracy fun,â Broerman said.
The increase prompted them to organize a special meeting for them.
“We will have a general discussion on the elections, the electoral process and the levels of security that we have built in to assure our citizens and candidates that we are taking the time and taking care to correctly count their votes,” Broerman said.