We've been documenting in this space the right-wing takeover of the Jefferson County School Board, a change that took place last November that was driven in part by onetime Jeffco School Board Member Laura Boggs. The far-right Boggs is now trying to move her voucher-loving education agenda to the state level, challenging incumbent Democrat Jane Goff for a spot on the State Board of Education in CD-7.
As Goff announced Monday in an email to supporters (full text after the jump):
This is the same former Jeffco school board member who warned that she would “tear this county apart.” This is the same former Jeffco school board member who threatened to derail a $32.8 million federal grant to support teacher leadership and development initiatives in the district. This is the same person who, during her single term on the Jeffco board, was censured twice for behavior unbefitting her position. (News coverage here and here.)
While we are not surprised to see a pro-voucher, right-wing candidate emerge for State School Board, we are a little perplexed that it is Boggs herself. Conservative school board victories in Jefferson County were won in a below-the-radar fashion last fall, but Boggs will not slip by unnoticed; she is not so much a lightning rod for criticism as she is a full-on storm cloud. The presence of Boggs on the November ballot will likely do more to engage Jefferson County parents against Republicans.
April 21, 2014Dear Friends,First and foremost, thank you for the support you’ve shown me over all the years, and in every capacity, that I’ve served education. Throughout these past six years as a member of the Colorado State Board of Education, I’ve been reminded time and again how fortunate I am to work with all of CD 7’s students, families and school communities to improve the educational experience for all kids. That’s why I’m honored to announce that the CD 7 Democratic Assembly nominated me unanimously to the 2014 ballot for a second term on the State Board.That said, I don’t have to tell any of you that education related elections have become a hotbed of controversy in Colorado. We’ve learned that they do indeed have consequences. The same is absolutely true of my state board race this year.I now have a confirmed opponent. Her name is Laura Boggs.This is the same former Jeffco school board member who warned that she would “tear this county apart.” This is the same former Jeffco school board member who threatened to derail a $32.8 million federal grant to support teacher leadership and development initiatives in the district. This is the same person who, during her single term on the Jeffco board, was censured twice for behavior unbefitting her position. (News coverage here and here.)For nearly four decades in education, I have focused my efforts on building up, not tearing down. I believe in the power of conversation to build respectful relationships that honor people and their work. I believe in listening to all voices and weighing all views before making decisions. I believe in telling the truth and treating people with dignity and compassion. I believe in looking first for what is right and working with others to make it even better. I believe all kids can shine in their own unique ways as long as they have the opportunity and encouragement to do so. I believe we can, and must, keep moving forward — thoughtfully and inclusively — to improve education for all kids.My opponent certainly appears to think the opposite. The thought of the damage she could do at the state level is very troublesome.I have every reason to expect big money will flow to the opposition. That’s why it’s so important for me to show a strong number of contributions and a continually growing list of grassroots supporters from now until November. It’s going to be critical that voters in both Jefferson and Adams counties see that the choice between my opponent and me is crystal clear. I need your support to convey that message.I want to retain this seat and I deeply appreciate your help.My first campaign finance report deadline is April 30th. If you can make an early donation of $35, $50, $100 or more, up to the allowed maximum of $400, I can meet my April fundraising goal.You can donate online here, or if you prefer to send a check, make it payable to Committee to Elect Jane Goff, and mail it to the address below. If you are employed, please include a note with your occupation and employer’s name, or if you are retired, please indicate that.Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like information on issues, have suggestions for the campaign, or would like to volunteer. Plans for a kick-off event are in process, and you'll be among the very first to know the details.Again, thanks so very much for anything you can do now and down the road. We simply cannot take this election for granted.Sincerely,