Mayor Mike Johnston sounds off on Denver's "dysfunctional" school board
Why it matters: Johnston — a Denver Public Schools parent and former principal — wants to see new faces on the board and he took the unusual step of making endorsements for three challengers ahead of Tuesday's election.
State of play: A dark-money campaign organization called Better Leaders, Stronger Schools is prominently featuring Johnston's endorsements and his photo to boost the candidates: Kimberlee Sia in District 1, Marlene De La Rosa in District 5 and John Youngquist for the citywide seat.
- At Axios Denver's event Thursday, Johnston said the current board's behavior is "distracting, dysfunctional" and it "makes it hard for [the superintendent] to do his job — it makes it harder for teachers and principals to do their job."
Yes, but: He objected to the tactics the Better Leaders, Stronger Schools organization is using.
- He told us that a controversial mailer attacking Kwame Spearman — the rival to Youngquist — is "outside the bounds of what was reasonable in a school board race." When he saw it, Johnston said he called the organization to demand they stop using mailer.
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