Colorado Education Association Waits with Nation for Election Results

November 4, 2020

Colorado Education Association Waits with Nation for Election Results
State Races Coming into Focus

DENVER – Americans across race, place of origin and ZIP code turned out in record numbers to stand with and for each other, despite the pandemic and deliberate barriers from day-long lines to eliminated drop boxes. America went to bed last night not knowing who had been elected president of the United States and today, we continue to wait.

“Today, and perhaps into the coming days or weeks, we will anxiously await the results of the 2020 Presidential election,” said Amie Baca-Oehlert, high school counselor and president of the Colorado Education Association. “Make no mistake about it, though: this election is not over. Not until every vote in every county of this country is counted.”

There are a number of updates to races too close to call last night:

Congratulations to all of those candidates who were successful in their elections to the state legislature, including Chris Kolker (SD-27) and Lindsey Daugherty (HD-29). As the leading voice of educators in Colorado, CEA will share its legislative priorities with the new Legislature and work diligently to address the lack of public school investment that this year alone strips more than $1 billion from Colorado classrooms. We anxiously await the results of CEA recommended candidate and District Twelve Education Association member Paula Dickerson in SD-25.

The 39,000 members of the CEA look forward to working with legislators who believe classrooms, not corporations, are a priority and who provide our students and educators the resources they need to succeed. We know that many of our new and veteran legislators share our belief that a student’s chances for success should not depend upon the ZIP code in which they live, a premise to which the Legislature should be held accountable.

We congratulate CEA recommended candidates Lisa Escarcega and Karla Esser on their victories in their State Board of Education races. We look forward to working with the new State Board of Education on policies that will prioritize Colorado students and educators rather than special interests.

CEA congratulates Callie Rennison and Ilana Spiegel on their elections to the University of Colorado Board of Regents. The university will benefit from the leadership of these regents-elect.

We’re thrilled that Colorado voters chose true representative government over the outdated Electoral College with the projected passing of Proposition 113. Colorado now commits to award its electoral votes to the candidate for president who wins the national popular vote. The president determines a lot of outcomes that ultimately affect our students, including appointing the Secretary of Education, and this proposition will make each vote across the country equal and relevant.

Colorado students have been shortchanged by over $10 billion over the last 10 years; $1.1 billion this year alone. Colorado students lose even more with the passing of Proposition 116. Proposition 116 will disproportionately lower taxes for the wealthy while causing irreparable harm to the state’s ability to raise income for basic services like health care, human services and public education. This will drain precious resources from Colorado classrooms. We urge the legislature to rein in every corporate tax giveaway and to close loopholes and tax breaks that will now allow businesses to double dip on the taxpayer dime.

We’re deeply disappointed that voters denied American citizens, under the age of 18 who were previously allowed to vote in Colorado primaries the year they turned 18 to vote in the general election, the right to participate in the democratic process. We should be making it easier for those who are eligible to vote to do so.

“We are at a pivotal moment in history with much uncertainty,” said Baca-Oehlert. “One thing we are certain of is that Colorado educators will continue to elevate our collective voice and to work with parents, our community partners and elected officials to ensure that all of our students have the public education they deserve, regardless of their skin color, sexual identity, ZIP code, or the amount of money their parents make. Elections have consequences and the members of the CEA are proud to have worked to elect candidates and support issues that will have a positive impact on the lives of Colorado’s students, educators and families.”

About the Colorado Education Association
The Colorado Education Association is a membership-based organization that represents 39,000 Colorado educators. The CEA promise to our students and communities is that the members of the Association will lead the way in guaranteeing every student access to the best public education. By working collectively with all education stakeholders, we will provide the best public education for every student and assure Colorado’s standing as an excellent state in which to learn, live, work, and raise a family.