The Denver Post, Colorado’s flagship newspaper has weighed in on the Jefferson County school board recall election, producing an editorial that opens with a powerful statement:
The statement on Jefferson County’s sample ballot urging the recall of three school board members elected two years ago starts off badly, with a falsehood.
The Post highlights several of the specific key pieces of misinformation advanced by recall backers. After highlighting some of the important achievements of the board that help students and threaten certain special interests — such as performance-based teacher pay and equitable funding for public charter school students — the editorial offers a clear conclusion:
Accomplishments such as these have been obscured by the relentlessly heated rhetoric that has afflicted board meetings for the past two years. But they do speak to the fact that this recall is over policy, and thus out of line.