Colorado State Board of Education

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The Colorado State Board of Education is a government body in the U.S. state of Colorado tasked with "general supervision of public schools." It is composed of members elected from districts corresponding to Colorado's congressional districts – following the 2000 census, there are seven districts and therefore seven members.

Elected in partisan elections, they serve staggered six-year terms. Districts 5 and 6 hold elections in years divisible by six, followed two years later by Districts 2 and 4, and two years later by Districts 1, 3, and 7.

During periods when Colorado is allocated an even number of congressional seats, an additional member is elected to the State Board of Education by statewide vote, thereby leading to an odd number of members and reducing the potential for tied votes. The last person so elected was Jared Polis, elected in 2000 when the state had six seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Polis's term expired in January 2007 and the additional seat ceased to exist.

The Constitution of Colorado was amended in 1948 to authorize an elected State Board of Education. The first elections took place in November 1950 and the board began its work in January 1951.

Members[edit]

District Representative Party Residence Took office Term ends Tenure and elections
1st Valentina Flores Democratic Denver 2009 2021 Elected in November 2014. She is up for election in November 2020.
2nd Angelika Schroeder Democratic Boulder 2008 2025 Appointed in December 2008, elected in November 2010 and re-elected in November 2012. She is up for election in November 2024.
3rd Joyce Rankin Republican Carbondale 2015 2021 Appointed in August 2015 and elected in November 2016. She is up for election in November 2020.
4th Debora Scheffel Republican 2019 2025 Elected in November 2018. She is up for election in 2024.
5th Steve Durham Republican Colorado Springs 2014 2023 Appointed in 2014 and elected in November 2016. He is up for election in November 2022.
6th Rebecca McClellan[1] Democratic Parker 2017 2023 Elected in November 2016, unseating incumbent Debora Scheffel (R). She is up for election in November 2022.
7th Jane Goff Democratic Arvada 2008 2021 Appointed in 2008, elected in November 2008 and re-elected in November 2014. She is up for election in November 2020.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colorado. Secretary of State. Official Certified Results: November 8, 2016 General Election. Retrieved: 2016-01-25.

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