State of Colorado Archives: on Education


Darryl Glenn: Take back our education system from federal bureaucrats

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Source: 2016 Colorado Senate campaign website ElectDarrylGlenn.com Apr 14, 2016

Jon Keyser: Provide parents with more choices

As a father, Jon believes education should be about our kids-not bureaucrats and special interests in Washington, D.C. We need to support our hardworking teachers, provide parents with more choices, and ensure the money we invest results in higher performance in the classroom. All of our kids deserve a high quality education.
Source: 2016 Colorado Senate campaign website JonKeyser.com Feb 3, 2016

Peg Littleton: Led the effort against Common Core & for charter schools

As former elected representative to the Colorado State Board of Education and former teacher of 15 years, I led the effort against Common Core and excessive testing. Improving public and private education in Colorado is among my highest priorities.

I believe in parents and teachers. I support parental choice in education, which includes maximizing access to and support for charter schools, traditional public schools, private schools and home schools. I support outcomes-based accountability and merit-based compensation for teachers.

People are our most precious treasure. We must give our children the very best in education potentials. Colorado's best path to success involves access to quality education for all students from all neighborhoods and from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Literacy acquisition in the early grades is imperative. If children can read they will succeed. I advocate intensive instruction for teachers.

Source: 2016 Colorado Senate campaign website PegLittleton.com Feb 3, 2016

Ryan Frazier: Improve education with local control

We have to improve education with local control and returning tax dollars to the states to invest in students and teachers. Education endures at home.

In Colorado, it costs upwards of $30,000 a year to house and feed an inmate and yet we only invest $6,800 a year per student. Criminal justice reform is needed for our community.

Source: 2016 Colorado Senate campaign website FrazierForColorado.com Feb 3, 2016

Ryan Frazier: Fix the student loan crisis for our college graduates

Fixing the student loan crisis is a matter of great importance to our college graduates. It's also important to America's fiscal and economic future. You shouldn't have to mortgage your future to get a college education.
Source: 2016 Colorado Senate campaign website FrazierForColorado.com Feb 3, 2016

John Hickenlooper: Earn-and-learn programs to reduce attainment gap

We're working so aggressively, on all sides of the Golden Triangle, to close the Attainment Gap. Our Business and Experiential Learning Commission is building on our concurrent enrollment programs and developing a new model for college and career readiness. It gives students the opportunity to earn college credit, and get professional experience, while simultaneously achieving their high school diplomas.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Colorado legislature Jan 14, 2016

John Hickenlooper: Some standardized testing is necessary

Last session, you came together and passed bipartisan legislation to reduce testing by 30 hours, so we can accurately measure our kids' progress toward meeting standards without overwhelming them or their teachers. But there are pivotal moments in our kids' academic careers when we need to know exactly where they stand on the learning curve, so we can adjust course if needed before it's too late. That's why we're standing firm on 9th grade assessments.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Colorado legislature Jan 14, 2016

Tim Neville: Choices for parents, from vouchers to charter schools

Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, NevilleForColorado.com Oct 9, 2015

Tim Neville: Abstinence-only instead of comprehensive sex-ed

Last session, the senator sponsored the Parents' Bill of Rights--controversial legislation that, had it passed, would have given parents more control of their children's health care and school curricula at the expense of public standards. Critics feared the bill would further reduce childhood vaccination rates, put a dent in comprehensive sex-ed and deter children from confiding in counselors mandated to report sensitive information to parents. The Denver Post editorial board called the measure "more manifesto than legislation," but vaccine skeptics and abstinence-only Christians hailed it as a much-needed safeguard for personal liberty in the public sphere.
Source: The Colorado Independent on 2016 Colorado Senate race Sep 8, 2015

Bob Beauprez: Our common-sense electorate defeated Amendment 66

Q. People say Colorado has become more blue. Do you believe that?

A. If you count noses, it's pretty obvious there are more Democrats elected now than there used to be. But when you see what happened with Amendment 66, you have to ask yourself, "Well, wait a minute, didn't they just throw that one back in the governor's face?" Sure they did. Colorado historically has been a little difficult to read, but I believe this is still kind of a common-sense electorate.

[Amendment 66 was a school tax measure that was voted down on the 2013 ballot. The amendment, which was supported by Gov. Hickenlooper, would have provided an increase in public school funding by 16.6%, including funding for charter schools].

Source: Denver Post Q&A on 2014 Colorado gubernatorial race Mar 4, 2014

Tom Tancredo: Tax credits for private school tuition

Tancredo served in Congress for 10 years and ran for president in 2008 to draw attention to his crusade to crack down on illegal immigration. In 2010, he entered the chaotic election for Colorado governor as a member of the American Constitution Party and finished ahead of the Republican candidate, political neophyte Dan Maes.

He supports tax credits for private school tuition and cutting government jobs, and he opposes the gun-control bills Hickenlooper signed last year.

Source: Durango Herald on 2014 Colorado gubernatorial race Jan 4, 2014

Owen Hill: Eliminate the Department of Education

In his six months as a state senator, Hill has staked out numerous positions that are far outside the mainstream of Colorado values. Hill even praised right-wing U.S. senators who are focused on eliminating the Department of Education, raising taxes on the middle class and undermining the very programs-like Medicare and Social Security-that hardworking Coloradans rely upon. And Hill has made statements that would alarm most independent-minded Coloradans, such as comparing a woman's right to choose to slavery and denouncing expanding voter rights in a tantrum-like partisan speech on the state Senate floor.
Source: Colorado Dems' press release on 2014 Colorado Senate debate Jul 8, 2013

Amy Stephens: Voted NO on expanding comprehensive sex education

HB 1081: Vote to pass a bill that establishes a comprehensive human sexuality education grant program.
Source: VoteSmart summary: 2014 Colorado Senate voting record Mar 18, 2013

Owen Hill: Voted NO on expanding comprehensive sex education

HB 1081: Vote to pass a bill that establishes a comprehensive human sexuality education grant program.
Source: VoteSmart summary: 2014 Colorado Senate voting record Mar 18, 2013

Randy Baumgardner: Voted NO on expanding comprehensive sex education

HB 1081: Vote to pass a bill that establishes a comprehensive human sexuality education grant program.
Source: VoteSmart summary: 2014 Colorado Senate voting record Mar 18, 2013

Amy Stephens: Voted NO on authorizing same-sex civil unions

SB 11: Authorizes Civil Unions, effective May 1, 2013.
Source: VoteSmart summary: 2014 Colorado Senate voting record Feb 11, 2013

Owen Hill: Voted NO on authorizing same-sex civil unions

SB 11: Authorizes Civil Unions, effective May 1, 2013.
Source: VoteSmart summary: 2014 Colorado Senate voting record Feb 11, 2013

Randy Baumgardner: Voted NO on authorizing same-sex civil unions

SB 11: Authorizes Civil Unions, effective May 1, 2013.
Source: VoteSmart summary: 2014 Colorado Senate voting record Feb 11, 2013

John Hickenlooper: Support great teachers in a 21st Century education system

Education needs to be about what is best for our kids and that means raising the level of their achievement in knowledge and skills necessary to be successful adults. We must continue our investment in building a 21st Century education system in Colorado Without a strong education system, job creation & economic development cannot be sustained. Making Colorado synonymous with innovation has to include supporting great teachers, and engaging parents & local communities as partners to improve our schools.
Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign site hickenlooperforcolorado.com Nov 2, 2010

Bob Schaffer: More competition needed in higher-ed loan-making

Udall said he supported government-run college aid programs and said they should be given more money. Schaffer opposes such programs and said he would fight for more lenders, which would generate competition for lower rates.

He warned the collapse of mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could also happen to the federal loan system. “This is really a question of whether you support a higher-ed lending system that is doomed to collapse like Fannie and Freddie have or is it sustainable,” he said.

Source: 2008 Colorado Senate Debate reported on ABC7-Denver Channel Oct 17, 2008

Mark Udall: More money for government-run college aid programs

When asked about the cost of higher education, Udall said he supported government-run college aid programs and said they should be given more money.

Schaffer opposes such programs and said he would fight for more lenders, which would generate competition for lower rates. He warned the collapse of mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could also happen to the federal loan system.

Source: 2008 Colorado Senate Debate reported on ABC7-Denver Channel Oct 17, 2008

Ken Salazar: More scholarships for college

Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, SalazarForColorado.com Aug 11, 2004

Ken Salazar: Strongly supports public education

I strongly support public education, from early childhood education through high school and on through our colleges and universities. Quality education produces informed citizens and qualified workers. Our high school and college graduates form the backbone of our democracy, our free-enterprise system, and our all-volunteer armed forces.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, SalazarForColorado.com Aug 11, 2004

Ken Salazar: Expand early childhood and after school programs

I support setting high standards for our kids, but we must provide the resources to our teachers and schools to meet them. We should not punish struggling schools or students; rather, we must provide the support necessary to insure success. We must expand our commitment to early childhood and after school programs, like Boys and Girls Clubs.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, SalazarForColorado.com Mar 10, 2004

Ken Salazar: Ensure higher education is affordable and accessible

We must strengthen our commitment to higher education, at our universities, community colleges, trade schools and other places of learning. And we must make sure that higher education is affordable and accessible to all.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, SalazarForColorado.com Mar 10, 2004

Tom Strickland: Expand Head Start program for underprivileged kids

Strickland supports proven programs like Head Start that help underprivileged kids have a chance in life. Research has proven that the early years in a children’s life are the most formative. By giving kids a chance early on, this will help decrease the learning gaps that grow exponentially as they get older. Strickland will work to expand Head Start.
Source: StricklandForColorado.com, “Issues: Children and Family” Sep 25, 2002

William Owens: Teacher merit pay; student standards; smaller class sizes

Because we have demanded excellence, Colorado’s teachers are today preparing our children to reach the highest academic standards in history. I have proposed teacher pay incentives that would reward exemplary teachers with merit pay bonuses, while offering recruitment bonuses to encourage our best teachers to teach in challenged schools.

On the critical issue of reducing class size, [I propose] that, over the next decade, schools use new funding first to reduce K-3 class size to 17 students.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Colorado legislature Jan 11, 2001

Ed Perlmutter: Stress abstinence in sex education programs

Source: 1998 Colorado State National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Ed Perlmutter: Increase teacher funding & school construction

Source: 1998 Colorado State National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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