Andrea Merida, outspoken DPS board member, not running for re-election

Outspoken Denver Public Schools board member Andrea Merida will not run for re-election. In a blog post on her website (the full text of which is below), she explains why: "I cannot, in good conscience, serve on a board whose only function now is to give tests."

Merida was the subject of a 2010 Westword cover story that detailed her background, her controversial swearing-in, her frequent questioning of the administration and how she survived a recall attempt. Three years later, she's looking to a new role.

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Melanie Asmar is a staff writer for Westword. She joined the paper in 2009 and has won awards for her stories about education, immigration and epic legal battles. Got a tip? She'd love to hear it.
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