Sharpen Your Vote- Angela Cobián
I want to be on the school board because students in District 2 should grow with the city of Denver. I have the experience to lead from three distinct vantage points: student, teacher, and parent organizer. I grew up in southwest Denver as a student who received free and reduced lunch and learned english as a second language. I taught similar students as a 2nd and 3rd grade maestra at Cole Arts and Sciences Academy in DPS. I also earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, enabling me to work with teachers in Mexico City on a Fulbright scholarship. I then organized parents at the school that I taught in with Together Colorado, as well as organizing parishioners in my home parish. We worked on securing high academic standards at the state capitol and improving relations between the immigrant community and the Denver Police Department. When I am elected I will not only synthesize my experience to inform the decisions I make on the school board; but also develop a community-centered approach where those who are directly impacted are at the table as partners towards a Denver Public Schools in which “every child succeeds.”
Chalkbeat Colorado – Candidate Survey
October 5, 2017
This fall, thousands of Coloradans will vote in dozens of local school board races across the state.
In many cases, their votes will determine the philosophical direction of their school districts. Should there be more charter schools? How much should the district pay teachers? How should the district boost learning for its most vulnerable students? These are just some of the policy questions school boards consider. And with majority control up for grabs on many boards, the stakes are especially high in 2017.
In order to help voters decide who to vote for, Chalkbeat surveyed candidates in some of the most hotly contested races. Below are their responses, which have been lightly edited for clarity.
To use our survey, readers can select specific races, then click on a candidate’s name to show or hide their responses.
Denver 2017 November ballot preview
October 4, 2017
Angela Cobian is a former 2nd and 3rd grade ELA teacher and has been a community organizer since 2014.
“I have the ganas (will) and experience to best represent District 2 on the DPS Board. I taught second and third grade in DPS because I wanted students from my community to have the same opportunity. I earned my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction to better serve my students and later taught teachers on a Fulbright scholarship. I returned to my school to lead with parents as a community organizer with Together Colorado. My leadership will ensure students grow with the city of Denver towards an inclusive future.” angelaforsouthwestdenver.com
Stand Releases Endorsements for DPS Board
September 19, 2017
Stand for Children Colorado (Stand) announced today endorsements for 3 candidates for the Denver Public Schools (DPS) Board of Education election this fall.
“These three leaders have a strong track record of working to support positive outcomes for all Denver students. We are excited to help get the word out about these candidates and why Denver voters should support them,” said Jeani Frickey Saito, Stand Executive Director.
The DPS Board of Education is responsible for making policy for the district. There are seven elected board members. Stand for Children runs an endorsement process for those seeking office at the state and district level (DPS only). Candidates interested in Stand’s endorsement complete a questionnaire about their policy perspectives. Questionnaires are reviewed by our team for alignment to Stand policy priorities. All candidates then are invited it to be interviewed by a committee of parents. Following the interviews, the parent committee provided their input via rubric on each candidate. All of this information is compiled and endorsements are then made. In District 4, two of the three candidates completed our process for endorsement.
Broad of the Month: Angela Cobián
July 31, 2017
Making tamales together at the kitchen table is a Cobián Family Christmas tradition. One Christmas, Cobián’s mother received a call prompting her to leave their tamale making for about 30 minutes. On her return, the family asked where she had been. Cobián’s mother shared that the call was from a mother of one of the children at the preschool where she worked. She was stranded at the Mexican border after leaving her abusive husband. Making the situation more complicated was the woman’s undocumented status. She needed safe shelter for her and her children on New Year’s Eve and turned to Cobián’s mother for help. Cobián has many stories like this about her mother, a woman who clearly had a deep and profound affect on who Cobián has become.
Resisting Betsy DeVos and Advancing Equity
July 19, 2017
When I served our community as a 2nd- and 3rd- grade ELA teacher, I went to work every day ready to empower my students’ limitless curiosity and capacity to thrive. My students, and thousands like them all over the country, are now some of the most vulnerable to destructive federal policies which are blind to their humanity and complicit in the abandonment of the promise of an equitable public education.
It is clear Betsy DeVos serves the interests of private companies like for-profit colleges and over the interests of students and families. Now, she is coming to Denver to speak to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group that she has also privately funded to dominate state legislatures.
If she were to step into my classroom, Secretary DeVos would not only notice rigorous instruction, she would also hear brilliant students asking each other critical questions. Our classroom theme was “education and resistance,” and my students learned about our history with thematic literacy units that explored the accomplishments of teacher-organizer Dolores Huerta and civil rights leader Rosa Parks.
Purposeful Q+A: Angela Cobián, Organizer + School Board Candidate
July 12, 2017
Angela Cobián calls hers “a truly unique Colorado story.” She is from Denver by way of Mexico. Her parents immigrated to the United States in the late 1980s and, benefitting from President Reagan’s amnesty, they stayed, worked, and built a family. They first lived in Arleta, California, in a three bedroom, one bathroom house. She remembers:
“One day, my dad heard from our next-door neighbor, who was an immigrant from Guatemala, that there were lots of jobs in Colorado because of construction. Our neighbor and my dad went to Colorado in the late ‘90s. They slept out of their found jobs, and came back to California with U-Hauls. I still remember that the U-Haul had just one seat, so it was my Dad, my Mom, my brother, me, and my little sister (who was a baby at the time) on my Mom’s lap.
I remember making the drive from California to Colorado and going through the Eisenhower Tunnel. I looked outside the window and saw snow for the first time. That is my first vivid memory of Colorado! Then, we went to the apartment that my Dad had found in front of a K-Mart. That’s how we started our lives here in Colorado. I started my schooling in Kindergarten and then I chose to go to college in Colorado.”
Denver school board race opens up as Rosemary Rodriguez announces she won’t seek re-election
May 24, 2017
Denver school board member Rosemary Rodriguez said Wednesday that she is not running for re-election, putting her southwest Denver seat up for grabs in what will likely be a contentious school board campaign this fall with control of the board at stake.
Rodriguez told Chalkbeat she is retiring from her job as senior advisor to Democratic U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and plans to sell her home and buy a smaller one that belonged to her grandparents.
That home is not in her school board district, District 2, but in the district represented by board member Lisa Flores. With the exception of at-large members, Denver school board members must live in the districts they represent.
“If it weren’t the case, I would still be running,” Rodriguez said.
During her four-year tenure, Rodriguez worked with community groups and others to spotlight student achievement in southwest Denver, leading to new schools and better transportation.