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Colorado Education Association Celebrates Election 2023 Outcomes: A Victory for Educators, Students, and the Community

Posted on: November 8, 2023
Posted By: CEA Communications
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Colorado Education Association
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2023

Colorado Education Association Celebrates Election 2023 Outcomes
A Victory for Educators, Students, and the Community

DENVER, CO – The Colorado Education Association (CEA) is proud to proclaim the results of the 2023 election to be a victory for many of our students, educators, and public schools across Colorado. In most districts, voters recognized the threat to student learning and voted for candidates who want to strengthen our public schools rather than tear them down. The CEA would like to express its gratitude to all the voters who participated in the 2023 elections including the nearly 40,000 members of the CEA who knocked doors, talked to voters, and voted. Voter support for public education in Colorado is a testament to a strong dedication to our state’s future.

Educators and families want exceptional education in a safe and supportive environment for all of our students, no matter where they live, the color of their skin or their household income. These elections come at a pivotal moment, as school board members develop an educational philosophy, establish goals for the district, adopt policies that have the force of law and supervise the superintendent, who implements board decisions. Their decisions and directives impact every student and educator in the district’s schools. In many districts across the state, voters chose to support students and educators, while others are still too close to call.

So far educators have claimed big wins in Adams 12, Aurora, Brighton 27J, Boulder Valley, Cañon City, Cherry Creek, Eagle County, Estes Park, Greeley, Gunnison, Jefferson County, Littleton, Poudre, Roaring Fork, Summit County, Thompson, and Westminster. In other places, we had some candidates win or are still too close to call: Aspen, Buena Vista, Mesa Valley, Moffat County, Pueblo 60, Widefield, and Woodland Park. In all of these districts, we will be watching closely to see whether support for students, educators, and public education prevails.

“The outcomes of the 2023 elections in Colorado are, in no small part, a testament to the unwavering efforts of the nearly 40,000 dedicated members who have played an instrumental role in electing pro-public education candidates,” said Amie Baca-Oehlert, High School Counselor, and President of the Colorado Education Association. “The victories in school board races, mill and bond initiatives, and the unwavering support from the community send a resounding message: public education is a top priority. We are committed to collaborating with our newly elected officials to ensure that these election outcomes translate into tangible, enduring improvements for our educators, students, schools, and the broader Colorado community.”

Despite the losses in the school board races in Academy, Colorado Springs, and Denver, the CEA remains unwavering in our commitment to fighting for our members, students, and public education. Who we voted for is a reflection of what we want to see for our students, educators and schools. The candidates’ who committed to prioritizing students and educators over politics and ensuring the well-being of our educators and students is encouraging. We look forward to working collaboratively with the newly elected board members to further our shared goal of providing the best possible education for all students in Colorado.

In addition to celebrating the victories in the 2023 elections, the CEA acknowledges the outcome of the Proposition HH failing. While this particular initiative did not pass, it reminds us that there is still much work to be done in the pursuit of substantive systemic funding changes that are necessary for fully funded schools our students and educators deserve. We remain dedicated to the cause of ensuring that every child in Colorado has access to a high-quality public education. We will continue to work tirelessly alongside our community partners, elected officials and stakeholders to secure the essential resources and funding required to guarantee a brighter future for our state. It is our collective responsibility to advocate for the necessary investments in education that will pave the way for a prosperous and equitable Colorado for generations to come.

“The result of Proposition HH, while disappointing, only reinforces our determination to continue the fight for substantive systemic funding changes that our students and educators so desperately need,” said Baca-Oehlert. “Together, we will secure fully funded schools and a more equitable, prosperous Colorado.”

Key highlights of the election outcomes include:

  1. School Board Races: CEA congratulates the elected school board members who are committed to ensuring the best interests of students and educators. The elected board members will bring a wealth of experience, dedication, and a fresh perspective to the table. Their leadership will guide the direction of our schools, and we are excited to work collaboratively towards a brighter future for all students.
  2. Mill and Bond Wins: The successful passage of mill and bond initiatives around the state is a significant milestone for our schools. These investments will enable the construction and maintenance of modern, safe, and inspiring learning environments. We applaud the voters’ commitment to providing our students with the resources they need.
  3. Impact on Educators: These election outcomes are a tremendous victory for many educators throughout the state. With the support of newly elected school board members and additional funding from mill and bond initiatives, educators will have improved resources, training, and support. This will help educators continue their mission to provide quality education and ensure the well-being of every student.
  4. Impact on Students: Our students are the ultimate beneficiaries of these election results. With modern facilities and well-supported educators, students will have the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.
  5. Impact on Schools and the Community: The positive effects of these election outcomes extend beyond the classroom. Strong public schools are the backbone of thriving communities. The community at large will benefit from well-maintained and supported schools that contribute to a prosperous future for Colorado.

About the Colorado Education Association
The Colorado Education Association is a membership-based organization that represents nearly 40,000 Colorado education professionals. The CEA promise to our students and communities is that the members of the Association will lead the way in guaranteeing every student access to the best public education. By working collectively with all education stakeholders, we will provide the best public education for every student and assure Colorado’s standing as an excellent state in which to learn, live, work, and raise a family.

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