Denver 18-year-old running for Board of Education

A senior at Manual High School is making history in Denver as the youngest person to ever run for Denver's Board of Education

DENVER - A senior at Manual High School is making history as the youngest person ever to run for Denver Public Schools Board of Education.

Tay Anderson, 18, filed to run for the District Four seat, last month.

"I want to advocate for young people and the community, and I want to get teachers back into the process," Anderson said.

He said one of his top priorities if elected is community, and student and teacher input. Even before the election, he said he'll host town halls throughout the district so he can hear what everyone has to say.

"We actually need to start paying our teachers more," he said. "We need to start allowing our kids to have more diversity in the way that they have their advanced placement and IB programs which we lack a lot of at DPS."

He said he also wants more accountability and transparency within the DPS budget. He said he wants the community to feel like "they're back into what the board is deciding to vote on instead of being left out of the process."

The District Four seat incumbent is Rachele Espiritu. She said she hasn't decided if she'll run for the position.

Anderson will be a freshman at Metropolitan State University next year. He said he hopes to one day become Colorado's first African-American governor.

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