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Bob is one of Colorado 's foremost and most experienced education policy leaders and experts. As a former State Senator and US Congressman, Bob served as Vice-chairman of the Senate Education Committee and as a Member of the US House Education and the Workforce Committee where he was Vice-chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth, and Families. He has been involved in nearly all aspects of public education. more»

October 16, 2006

Schaffer, Middleton for state ed board

Rocky Mountain News
In January the State Board of Education will once again shrink to seven members, bringing to an end, we hope, a period of divisive and inconclusive 4-4 splits. While ultimately the legislature tells the board what to do, clear guidance from board members can shape legislation in productive ways.

Incumbent Republican Bob Schaffer is our clear choice to continue to represent the 4th Congressional District. Schaffer, who was appointed to the board in December to fill a vacancy, represented the district in Congress from 1997 to 2003, and understands the increasing role the federal government plays in education, however much he may deplore it.

Schaffer is a strong supporter of charter schools, and more generally of parental choice in education. He thinks schools are burdened by too much bureaucracy and too many mandates, and believes the state board should work with the legislature to identify those that can be eliminated or streamlined so more money will reach the classroom. We're not sure how far he'll get, but it's a job worth tackling.


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