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Aurora school board election 2021: The latest

Voters in Aurora are selecting four new members for the Aurora school board in Tuesday’s election.
Six candidates, including incumbent Debbie Gerkin, are on the ballot.
The race has attracted a lot of funding from union and reform groups.
​​The teachers union has endorsed three candidates: Gerkin, Michael Carter, and Tramaine Duncan. Charter advocates and reform groups are supporting Anne Keke and Danielle Tomwing. Conservative group Ready Colorado is also supporting Keke and Tomwing, in addition to supporting Christy Cummings.
In money candidates have raised and spent themselves, Keke leads, with more than $28,000 raised through Oct. 27 and more than $17,800 spent by the same date.
Incumbent Marques Ivey also appears on the ballot, but dropped out of the race last month.
The school district spans two counties. As of midday Tuesday, Arapahoe County, where the majority of Aurora voters are, was reporting a 22% voter turnout, with Democratic voters returning more ballots. The turnout is lower than in 2017 when turnout was approximately 33%. That year, 76,210 votes were cast in the school board race.
The seven-member school board for Aurora Public Schools has been controlled by a majority of union-supported members who have shaped the district’s direction on school choice and various issues, sometimes going against the superintendent’s recommendations. Last spring they prevented him from doing any staff layoffs and last year reversed his decision on restarting in-person learning in the fall.
The new board will oversee efforts to improve student achievement after the pandemic and the rollout of Blueprint APS, the district’s plan to create magnet programs, close some schools, and open new ones where development is booming. The district may present new board members with recommendations on school closures as soon as in January.
In the spring, the board will also oversee negotiations with the teachers union for a new contract.
This story will be updated as election results are posted after 7 p.m.



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