Andrea Van Nort

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Andrea Van Nort
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Academy School District 20, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Oklahoma
Master'sUniversité Blaise Pascal
Ph.D.Université Blaise Pascal
OtherUniversité Blaise Pascal
ProfessionAssociate professor
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Andrea Van Nort was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Academy School District 20 Board of Education in Colorado. She lost election to the board on November 5, 2013.


Van Nort has more than twenty years of teaching experience, and fifteen years of international experience. She received a Ph.D. in English from Blaise Pascal University in France and is currently employed at the U.S. Air Force Academy as an associate professor.[1]



See also: Academy School District 20 elections (2013)


Van Nort and Shannon Mendes lost to Linda Van Matre, Catherine Bullock and Larry Norman Borland in their attempt to win one of three at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Academy School District 20, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Bullock Incumbent 24% 12,019
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Van Matre Incumbent 23.2% 11,642
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Norman Borland 23.1% 11,576
     Nonpartisan Andrea Van Nort 18.6% 9,305
     Nonpartisan Shannon Mendes 11.2% 5,604
Total Votes 50,146
Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013


Van Nort reported $0.00 in contributions and $2,800.85 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $2,800.85 in debt.[2]


Van Nort is a federal employee and could not accept endorsements for her campaign.

Campaign themes

Van Nort's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[3]

"We must pursue our efforts toward innovation and efficiency and do everything possible to provide our children the best educative environment we can, promoting success and personnal growth among all our District 20 students, regardless of their entry skills and capacities.

Education is a perpetual work in progress requiring continuous adjustments. As educators and administrators, we must adapt effictively to our incessantly changing world and to our students' evolving needs.

My experience in education and academics would be very useful to our district and community, especially as we face more imposing federal mandates regarding the core curriculum. I am also extremely concerned about school security; we are living in an increasingly dangerous world, and every precaution must be taken in order to protect young lives.

Managing our resources in a sustainable way is very important to me, as well as overseeing proper allocation of those funds. I am familiar with other nations' school systems, and I know that more spending can be but is not always the answer to perceived shortcomings. Finally, I would like to see more partnerships developed with local businesses, providing students interested in internships with the possibility to explore different professions in a responsible manner."

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

In an op-ed published in The Gazette, Van Nort publicized her support of school choice policies:[4]

"School vouchers generate better education for all, whether in public or private schools. On one hand, personal commitment to the choices one makes is one result of freedom. On the other, because of the intrinsic incentive for excellence within the very idea of school vouchers, where different schools compete for the privilege of teaching a child, even public school systems benefit.


Perhaps not all families can benefit from vouchers, due to special circumstances. Yet, why limit access to, in many cases, a better education simply because some cannot take advantage of that possibility? The fact is that school voucher programs open up access to a private education, when many families wouldn't otherwise have that opportunity. Decidedly, those who do make the most of school vouchers for their children, particularly those from minority or low-income families, enter an environment where academics are central and the prospect of success more promising."

In a separate op-ed published in The Gazette, Van Nort explained her opposition to Amendment 66:[5]

"No one believes more wholeheartedly than I in the need for the promises of Amendment 66 - smaller class sizes, more attention to students, supposed "fairness in the distribution of education dollars." Yet, Amendment 66 doesn't get us there.

Most informed Coloradans know that PERA - Colorado's state employee retirement fund - is running woefully short of funds for retiring employees, including teachers. Clearly, we must have a debate on ways to shore up that critical fund. However, legislators in Denver intend to use Amendment 66 to fix the fund under the guise of education reform. The governor is on record confirming that, once the school districts receive these monies, under SB1, they will most likely be apportioned to PERA before other education initiatives.


This is the largest and most radical progressive tax increase in Colorado history. It will hit business owners hard and discourage companies from moving here. That is not what we need to restore prosperity to the people of Colorado.

This is neither the right time to tax nor the right legislation, and there are no built-in mechanisms or assessments to evaluate 66's results."

What was at stake?

Three seats, including those of the board president, vice president and treasurer were at stake. Doug Lundberg, who served as the vice president of the board, was ineligible to run for another term because of Amendment 17 to the Colorado Constitution, which states that no "elected official of district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office."[6] Incumbents Linda Van Matre and Catherine Bullock ran for re-election against challengers Shannon Mendes, Larry Norman Borland and Andrea Van Nort.[7]

About the district

See also: Academy School District 20, Colorado
Academy School District 20 is located in El Paso County, Colorado
Academy School District 20 is located in El Paso County, Colorado. The district serves the northern portion of Colorado Springs. The county seat of El Paso County is Colorado Springs. According to the 2010 US Census, El Paso County is home to 644,964 residents.[8]


El Paso County outperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of its poverty rate, but underperformed in terms of its average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in El Paso County is $57,079 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in El Paso County is 11.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 35.1% of El Paso County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
Race El Paso County (%) Colorado (%)
White 84.3 88.3
Black or African American 6.7 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.6
Asian 2.9 2.9
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.2
Two or More Races 4.4 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 15.4 20.9

Party Affiliation, 2013[9]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 171,858 41.57
Unaffiliated 145,540 35.21
Democratic 90,772 21.96
Libertarian 3,255 0.79
American Constitution 1,040 0.25
Green 928 0.22

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[10][11]

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