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Back to School Night: Schooled on the School Board

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DIME Denver

800 Kalamath Street

Denver, CO 80204

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Get to know your school board candidates at the "Forum with a twist" featuring snacks, a DJ, and a DPS student moderator.

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Following the recent success of Mayoralpalooza, Community advocacy groups All in Denver and A+ Colorado are at it again! This time, they’ll be joining Chalkbeat Colorado and Youth on Record to host an educational discussion with the 2019 Denver School Board candidates.

The purpose of this “forum with a twist” is to engage all community members,especially those who have been left out of or dis-enfranchised by the political process, through hosting an educational event that is inclusive, welcoming, and fun!

There is an important election on November 5, 2019 for the Denver Public Schools (DPS) Board. Whether you attend DPS,know children who do, or are simply a Denver citizen that cares about the state of our future the school board elections are more important than you might think. DPS is the largest employer in Denver with more than 13,000 employees, 91,000 students and a budget of about one billion dollars.

Denver Public Schools is managed and overseen by a board of seven with four year terms. Their primary role of the school boardis to set the strategic direction for DPS, provide input on federal and state regulations, problem solve using community inputhire the superintendent and ensure that the district is reaching their strategic objectives.

Five board members are elected by voters within five geographic regions/districts while the other two members are elected at-large by voters across the entire city. Every two years DPS hosts an election for nearly half the board. This year (2019), the election is for three seats: District 1, District 5, and one At-Large seat.

If you're anything like us, you've never been to a candidate forum; or, if you have, you may have left feeling confused and unsure who to vote for (or you may have been bored to tears). Sure, politics is serious business. But we can have some fun while we're learning!

Have fun. Get informed. Get ready to vote. At the DPS Board Forum you'll meet the candidates in each region up for election, learn more about their priorities, and get to know them as people, not just politicians.

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