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.

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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

DistrictRepresentativePartyResidenceTerm beganTerm ends
1st Lisa EscárcegaDemocratic Denver 20212027
2nd Angelika SchroederDemocratic Boulder 20092025
3rd Joyce RankinRepublican Carbondale 20172027
4th Debora ScheffelRepublican Parker 20182025
5th Steve Durham Republican Colorado Springs 20172023
6th Rebecca McClellan [1] Democratic Centennial 20172023
7th Karla EsserDemocratic Arvada 20212027

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References

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