I’ve personally visited and talked with parents, teachers and principals at many schools in my District and have found that Jefferson County Public schools do a pretty darn good job for our community. Even so, everyone can make improvements and I’m committed to working in the Legislature to provide a solid, quality education for every young student in Colorado.
During a day off from the past session I went back to school, attending classes at Molholm Elementary, Dunston Middle School, and Green Mountain High School. At Molholm, 95% of the kids receive free and reduced lunch and there’s a very high turnover rate – but what I saw there was every child focused on learning and getting terrific support from their teachers. At Dunston Middle School I watched students working interactively on computers and commenting on each other’s work, which reflects the world they will be living and working in as adults. At Green Mountain High school I listened to a lesson in American History and another in Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry. I’ll admit the chemistry class was seriously over my head! >
Our Colorado schools perform at a very high level, especially considering that our funding is 49th in the country. We know how to leverage every dollar for the greatest impact. Still, I don’t believe that deeper cuts in funding are the way to improve education. Rather, I imagine how much better our schools would be if they had just a little more support. As your representative, I am absolutely committed to providing the strongest funding possible for our public schools to continue achieving their mission.