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Thoughts on a forum

Posted by Sep 24th, 2009.

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Mary Seawell

Last night, a coalition of education non-profits (including EdNews) held the first of three scheduled forums featuring candidates for the Denver school board. The event at Bruce Randolph School was moderated by Metro Organizations for People. Candidates for the northeast Denver and at-large seats were invited.

Listen to the forum in streaming audio:

Jacqui Shumway

Jacqui Shumway

While the format was imperfect — no time for follow-up questions or give-and-take among the candidates — the 75-minute session nevertheless gave the roughly 100 people in attendance a chance to see clear differences in style and substance. Some candidates were well prepared and had an understanding of the tough issues facing the district. Some clearly had not done their homework, or seemed fixated on tangential issues. You can download a podcast to hear for yourself.

Nate Easley

Nate Easley

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Alton Clark

And three candidates didn’t show up. One, Deborah Fard, has reportedly dropped out of the race. Another at-large hopeful Christopher Scott, boycotted the event because he took issue with the funders of the sponsors. And northeast Denver candidate Andrea Mosby was MIA — reportedly on vacation.

People interested in the future of DPS would be well served by attending the next two forums — Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Dora Moore School in Capitol Hill, and Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln High School in southwest Denver. There’s a lot to learn from what the candidates say, and whether they bother to show up.

Vernon Jones

Vernon Jones

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