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Kids and Education for Colorado

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Colorado Association of School Administrators
Jefferson County Education Association
Colorado Education Association


 
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.
 
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