DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
AMBER ELIAS, DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL
SEPTEMBER 9, 2013
CONDUCT RELATED TO GENERAL CAMPAIGN ELECTIONS
As in past years, this office is providing this memorandum as a guide to District employees regarding their conduct in political campaigns for the upcoming general election, including the DPS Board of Education election, on November 5, 2013. Colorado’s Fair Campaign Practices Act prohibits certain school district and district employee involvement with candidates and ballot issue campaigns. As a means of ensuring compliance with the Act, your attention is directed to these guidelines to be followed in all buildings and by all personnel throughout the campaign. School district employees are free to contribute their personal funds and services and to voice their own opinions on issues/candidates during their personal time. However, the use of employee work time, school facilities, equipment or funds in support of or against any candidate or ballot issue is not permissible.
School District Employees shall not:
1. Use or expend public funds or supplies in favor of or against any ballot issue or candidate. 2. Send campaign materials home with students or ask students to work on a campaign in favor of or against a ballot issue or candidate.
3. Allow or direct employees to assist directly or indirectly on a campaign during working hours. Work time includes any time that the employee is performing a duty at a school, school activity (e.g. football game, parent night), etc.
4. Use school printing and copying facilities, fax, email, school mailboxes, telephones, bulk mailing permits, or other district equipment or resources to advocate in favor of or against a ballot issue or candidate.
5. Provide transportation or advertising that utilizes public property or funds for the purpose of influencing, directly or indirectly, the passage or defeat of a ballot issue or...
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