State of Colorado Archives: on Education


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 legislative session 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 legislative session 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 legislative session 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 legislative session 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 legislative session 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 legislative session 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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