Controversy Over Back-to-School Flyers

DENVER (AP) – Two Republican lawmakers say they’re worried about back-to-school flyers Brighton parents received that promote a Democrat’s proposed ballot initiative to raise Colorado’s income and sales taxes to help fund schools.

Sen. Nancy Spence and Rep. Tom Massey sent a letter Wednesday to the state education commissioner asking him to remind district administrators that schools are barred from sending political flyers to parents. Spence and Massey say the flyer was distributed by the principal at Brighton’s Prairie View High School.

Democratic Sen. Rollie Heath is working on getting signatures to put a tax proposal on the November ballot. Democratic Senate spokesman Eddie Stern says he doesn’t know whether such a flyer was sent. But he says Democrats agree that administrators should be aware they shouldn’t send political literature to students’ parents.