McClellan handily wins CD6 Dems’ nod for state education board race


AURORA | Former Centennial councilwoman Rebecca McClellan handily won the Democratic primary for the state board of education seat in the 6th Congressional District in the Tuesday, June 28 primary election.

Rebecca McClellan

As of Wednesday morning, she led former teacher Ilana Spiegel 62.48 percent to 37.52 percent with about 32,408 votes counted, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.

McClellan will face Republican incumbent Deb Scheffel in the general election.

In the lead-up to the primary, the two candidates used the same term to describe what they wouldn’t do if elected: “micro-manage.”

McClellan and Spiegel said that too often the board has stepped in on district-level issues that are better left to local superintendents and school boards. She pointed specifically to the board’s decision on Heritage Heights Academy, a proposed charter school in Cherry Creek, as an example of the board meddling in a local school board issue.

Ilana Spiegel

In that case, the CCSD board rejected the charter’s application, citing a host of concerns, including their lack of a building and the involvement of a controversial for-profit charter organization from Florida. But backers of the plan appealed to the state board and the board over ruled the local school board, telling them to reconsider the application.

Spiegel said that when it comes to assessments and gathering data on teacher effectiveness, the board hasn’t given enough deference to local school boards.

Neither candidate immediately returned a call for comment Tuesday night.