Candidate Information

Occupation: Retired

Age: 62

Education: B.A. from Rust College in History and Political Science
Master of Education in Counseling and Student Development from Tuskegee University
Colorado Technical University
*Honorary Doctorate of Management from Colorado Technical University
*Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from the Denver Institute of Urban Studies and Adult College
*Honorary from the Lamidat of Garoua, Cameroon located in Africa

Endorsements: Bob NullDr. Ruben MartinezDr. H. Malcolm NewtonKevin WilliamsJulie Reiskin

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James Tucker


Race / District Information

District Colorado Springs School District 11
Term / Board Seat 4 years
# of Available Seats 3

What major challenges face your school district and how would you solve them, aside from additional funding?

State and federal mandates and bad choices by prior administrations have made it hard for teachers to apply their best efforts at creating a learning environment for all students. Developing and implementing time-tested curricula and allowing teachers the freedom to know and interact meaningfully with students as individuals has to become a focus of the entire effort at creating the best learning environment for our young people. Political mandates and dictates that are out of touch with effective pedagogies are toughest challenges that must be addressed. Most importantly, we must restore education as an investment in the Public Good.

With budget constraints in place, what areas would you concentrate on?

Identifying the best talent to educate our children and empowering them to apply their best traits to find ways to motivate students to learn. Good teachers are leaving education because politicians have dis-empowered teachers as they promote market ideas as the solution to everything. We must return the schools to educational experts and teachers and keep politicians out of education.

This year, voters will decide whether to pass Amendment 66, which would raise $950 million in additional taxes for education. If the amendment passes, how should the money be allocated in your district?

I would focus additional funding on getting the best educators the best tools to teach the students, promoting professional development for teachers, and ensuring that our facilities are conducive to student learning.

Why don't most districts get beyond 70 percent student proficiency on state assessments?

I doubt in the strongest terms that the term proficiency has meaning with respect to how our students are picking up the knowledge and ability to function in the next stages of their lives. If I were to state why "I doubt in the strongest terms that the term proficiency has meaning with respect to how our students are picking up the knowledge and ability to function in the next stages of their lives. If I were to state why "most” districts don't get beyond 70 percent proficiency it has to do with how meaningless the educational process is that focuses on mechanical notions of proficiency. Our state and federal legislatures have disrupted the process from imparting skill sets to students in favor of promoting shallow notions of proficiency. Students must learn to be critical thinkers, and only effective learning environments in control of teachers will restore student achievement.


The Gazette Voter Guide is a chance for candidates to use their own words to tell voters in El Paso and Teller counties about themselves. The candidates answered questions relating to their biographical information as well as issues facing their school districts and cities. Answers have not been edited by Gazette staff.

For the guide, the Gazette reached out to every candidate running for political office for the Nov. 5 El Paso County and Teller County elections. Most, but not all, candidates chose to participate.