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Meg Schomp
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Denver Board of Education, District 3
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Colorado
Master'sUniversity of Denver
Websites
Campaign website
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Meg Schomp was a candidate for the District 3 seat on the Denver Board of Education in Colorado. She was defeated in her election bid against fellow challenger Mike Johnson on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Schomp earned a B.F.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Colorado in 1979. She later earned a Master's of Social Work from the University of Denver in 1985. Schomp has previously worked as a social worker and the director of the LEAP Corporation. She currently volunteers her time with the Denver School of the Arts Friends Foundation and the Denver Green School. Schomp and her husband, David, have four children and four grandchildren.[1][2]

Elections

2013

See also: Denver Public Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

Schomp sought election to the District 3 seat against fellow challenger Mike Johnson.

Results

Denver Public Schools, Four-year term, District 3, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Johnson 57.1% 16,111
     Nonpartisan Meg Schomp 42.9% 12,122
Total Votes 28,233
Source: Denver County Clerk and Recorder, "Final Official Election Results," accessed December 13, 2013

Funding

Schomp reported $53,939.80 in contributions and $50,330.65 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $3,609.15 on hand.[3]

Endorsements

Schomp earned the following endorsements during the 2013 campaign:[4]

  • Irv Moskowitz, Former DPS Superintendent
  • State Senator Evie Hudak
  • Pat Schroeder, Former US Congresswoman
  • Dennis Gallagher, Denver City Auditor
  • Colorado Latino Forum, Denver Chapter
  • Denver Area Labor Federation

Campaign themes

2013

Schomp provided the following themes for her 2013 campaign on her website:[5]

"I am running to make sure the voices of the public are heard and listened to as DPS makes decisions affecting our schools.

I believe Denver Public Schools’ students, families, teachers and taxpayers in District 3 need a representative who understands and appreciates their concerns and will advocate for them on the Board. District 3 is fortunate to be home to many great schools, but there is still a lot of work to be done here and across the city.

It’s a sad fact that the zip code in which a student lives still seems to determine much about the quality of the education he or she receives. As your representative on the Denver Public Schools Board of Education I will listen carefully, solicit community input and work to ensure that all DPS students have access to quality schools in their neighborhoods, whether they live in District 3 or elsewhere in the city.

Fortunately, one of the largest problems we currently face in DPS and in our own District 3 could be solved easily: a lack of two-way communication that leads to community disenfranchisement. While many parents and community members spend their evenings and weekends volunteering at our schools, those voices have been shut out of the decision-making process too often and their desires regarding the schools they pay for as taxpayers disregarded. I believe that parents, teachers, and community members have an important role to play not just in electing a board, but also in advising the Board and the DPS administration on issues affecting their schools and neighborhoods. As your District 3 representative, I will carry your voice, the voice of the community, to 900 Grant Street."

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


What was at stake?

Incumbents Mary Seawell, Andrea Merida and Jeannie Kaplan did not seek re-election to the at-large, District 2 and District 3 seats, respectively. A three-way race for the at-large seat featured Poston, former Lieutenant Governor Barbara O'Brien and Michael Kiley. The District 2 race featured newcomers Rosario C. de Baca and Rosemary Rodriguez. Mike Johnson and Meg Schomp competed to replace Kaplan in District 3. Landri Taylor ran for re-election in District 4 against challenger Roger Kilgore.

Stances on Amendment 66

Colorado voters cast ballots on Amendment 66, a constitutional amendment that increases income taxes to support public education. The following table lists the publicly stated position of each Board of Education candidate on the amendment.

Stances on Amendment 66[6]
Candidate Stated position
Barbara O'Brien Support
Michael Kiley Support
Joan Poston Oppose
Rosario C. de Baca Support
Rosemary Rodriguez Support
Mike Johnson Support
Meg Schomp Support
Landri Taylor Support
Roger Kilgore Support

Conflict of interest concerns

Candidates for the at-large, District 3 and District 4 seats accused their opponents of conflicts of interest. At-large candidate Michael Kiley pointed out that the district has a $350,000 contract with Get Smart Schools, a non-profit organization headed by Barbara O'Brien. O'Brien countered that Kiley's employer, Kronos, provides software to the district. District 3 candidate Meg Schomp believed opponent Mike Johnson could not meet the board's ethical standards due to his work as a school finance consultant. Johnson pointed out that Schomp's husband is an attorney who has represented the district in past legal actions.[7]

District 4 candidate Roger Kilgore asked his opponent, incumbent Landri Taylor, to resign due to a conflict-of-interest allegation. Kilgore noted that Taylor is the CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver, which has a $142,962 contract with the district for after-school programs. Taylor criticized Kilgore's request and argued that the agreement occurred after Taylor was a board member. He also suggested that he would recuse himself if the board voted on issues related to agreements with the Urban League.[8]

School reform in Denver

The 2013 election has developed into a referendum on the reforms set in motion by Superintendent Tom Boasberg since his appointment in 2009. Boasberg has increased the district's emphasis on charter schools and closed poor-performing facilities. Opponents of Boasberg's reforms cite a persistent achievement gap between affluent and low-income student populations.[9]

The direction of the seven-member board could change significantly based on the results of this election. Three current members of the board are not seeking re-election. The Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) has endorsed at-large candidate Kiley, District 2 candidate Rosario C. de Baca, District 3 candidate Meg Schomp and Roger Kilgore in District 4. These candidates want to slow down or halt development of charter schools in the district. Democrats for Education Reform, a non-profit organization supporting Boasberg's reforms, has endorsed at-large candidate Barbara O'Brien, District 2 candidate Rosemary Rodriguez, Mike Johnson in District 3 and District 4 incumbent Landri Taylor.[10] With clear divisions between these two slates of candidates, Denver voters are able to express their views on district policies at the ballot box.

About the district

See also: Denver Public Schools, Colorado
Denver Public Schools is located in Denver County, CO
Denver Public Schools serves students in Denver, the county seat of Denver County, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Denver is home to 600,158 residents.[11]

Demographics

Denver outperformed the rest of Colorado in higher education achievement while lagging behind state rates for median income and poverty in 2010. The average household income in Denver was $47,499 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Denver was 18.8% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 41.3% of Denver residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado.[11]

Racial Demographics, 2010[11]
Race Denver (%) Colorado (%)
White 68.9 81.3
Black or African American 10.2 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.1
Asian 3.4 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 4.1 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 31.8 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[12]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 164,196 50.5
Unaffiliated 103,119 31.7
Republican 53,385 16.4
Libertarian 2,880 0.9
Green 1,187 0.4
American Constitution 630 0.2



Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[13]

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