DPS school board race: 4 candidates for phasing out struggling schools, says A+ Denver survey

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This morning, school reform organization A+ Denver released the results of a survey of the nine candidates for Denver Public School Board. The survey asked them to rank 28 statements, such as "DPS needs radical reform," on a scale of strongly agree to strongly disagree. Seven candidates complied.

Arturo Jimenez, the race's only incumbent, did not answer the survey, but did submit a statement. "Due to the nature of your survey, unfortunately, I had to leave the questions unanswered," it said. "Education policy is not a collection of statements that can be boiled down to simple multiple choice questions."

John Daniel, a candidate for the board's at-large seat, also did not respond.

Of the seven who did, A+ Denver points out that the organization finds it "encouraging" that three candidates -- Anne Rowe, Jennifer Draper Carson and Happy Haynes -- agree that teacher employment and pay should be based on student growth.

The organization also noted that it's pleased four candidates -- Rowe, Haynes, Draper Carson and Jacqui Shumway -- agree that schools with poor performance for two years should be "restarted or phased out... or replaced." Frank Deserino strongly disagreed. Emily Sirota was neutral and Roger Kilgore left that question blank.

See the full results below. A+ Denver will host a candidate forum on Tuesday, October 18 at 6 p.m. at the University of Denver Davis Auditorium. The election is November 1.

A+ Denver DPS School Board Candidate Survey

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