Lisa Escárcega

CO State Board of Education, District 1

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As a child in Detroit, Lisa grew up in poverty. It was there she learned about the importance of a quality education and teachers who are willing to reach in, and this is where her passion for public education began. Lisa started her career in education as a School Psychologist 35 years ago. She worked locally in Boulder as a consultant for a few years before receiving a Ph.D. in Quantitative Research Methods with a focus on educational program evaluation. She went to work for the Boulder Valley School District to design an evaluation and implementation plan for their ELD program. Later she went to work for the Aurora Public Schools (APS) as the Director of Assessment and Research. Her department was responsible for all assessments, all program evaluation (SpEd, ELD, etc.) and research conducted as well as survey development.

After five years, Lisa became the Chief Accountability Officer and served on the district senior leadership team. During that time, her division oversaw all of the assessment/research responsibilities, state data submissions and Charter and Innovation school authorizing. It was during this tenure that she became even more involved at the state level in education policy, which led to her current position as the Executive Director of the Colorado Association of School executives.

Lisa is running for the State Board of Education to bring a strong, informed and consistent K-12 voice back to the board. For the past several years, the K-12 voice and understanding has been severely diminished. The voice of the community has been diminished. The current State Board of Education is moving our state education system into one that implements policy from the top down and is creating a business model of competition for public education. We need members on the State Board of Education that have in depth and experiential understanding of the issues so that all aspects of what the State Board of Education does can be questioned and reviewed. Lisa is fighting to redefine what a quality school is.

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