State of Colorado Archives: on Education


Donna Lynne: Must meet challenge of funding schools

We need to do more to ensure our teachers at every level have the resources and support they need to be effective in the classroom. We have a real teacher shortage in our state--especially in our rural regions--and as governor I will work to address this.

While it will be a difficult challenge, I also believe that we must make critical changes to our K-12 school funding formula to better address the needs of all our students.

Source: 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial website LynneForColorado.com Sep 15, 2017

Steve Barlock: Favors home schooling

He strongly supports homeschooling even though his brother is a teacher. "I'm definitely not a teachers' union guy." He likes apprenticeship programs more than specialty trade schools in higher education.
Source: Colorado Independent on 2018 Colorado gubernatorial race Sep 5, 2017

Doug Robinson: Competition key to improving public schools

Children do better when they can attend a school of their family's choice, regardless of the type: public, charter, private, traditional, online or home school. Expanded school choice, of course, does not mean we should be leaving behind our traditional public schools; it's about increasing the level of competition in our education system to compel schools to be better. Charter schools bring increased innovation and competition, which drives all schools to improve.
Source: 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial website DougForColorado.com Sep 1, 2017

Mike Johnston: Major investment in public education

He sponsored the READ Act which provided $20 million to school districts for additional literacy support programs including full-day kindergarten. Mike fought for resources our schools needs through the Student Success Act, which allowed for the largest single investment in K-12 in state history and provided a financial transparency system so every parent and teacher could know exactly how their tax dollars are spent.
Source: 2018 Colorado Governor website MikeJohnstonForColorado.com Sep 1, 2017

George Brauchler: Local control instead of one-size-fits-all education models

We must recognize that every child learns differently and reject one-size-fits-all education models and federal government mandates dreamed up by bureaucrats far from here, such as Common Core. The education of our children ought to be a cooperative effort between parents and teachers with an emphasis on the curriculum, not just testing. A child's parents are their foremost educators. That is a fact. Parents should have the right to determine the best course of their child's education throughout every level, including public, private, charter and homeschooling options.
Source: 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial campaign website george2018.com Jul 12, 2017

George Brauchler: Colorado should lead in STEM education

Colorado should be on the forefront of innovation and technology. To accomplish this, we will assist our local school districts to develop high-achieving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs, encourage student participation and recruit/retain STEM educators. As we continue to develop future leaders in STEM fields, we will draw new companies and high-paying jobs to Colorado with our educated workforce.
Source: 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial campaign website george2018.com Jul 12, 2017

Victor Mitchell: College need to become more affordable in Colorado

Today it's up to $30,000 a year for an in state kid to go to CU. Almost half of that is housing alone. They're ripping our families off, they're ripping these kids off. We need to be doing much better, we need to be lowering the cost of tuition most especially on STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs].

We need degrees in STEM; we need to make them as affordable as possible for students. We need to encourage them and we need a greater emphasis on remediation.

Source: 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial campaign website vic4gov.com Jul 2, 2017

Doug Robinson: In education, more choice makes more competition

Q: What is your opinion on education?

A: Specifically, I think there are some innovative models in other places around the country. At the heart of education is our teachers, and we need to make sure we're hiring, recruiting, mentoring and paying our best teachers what they deserve to be paid. I believe charter schools and choice and other innovative models improve the public schools in terms of creating more competition.

Source: Westword.com on 2018 Colorado gubernatorial race Apr 25, 2017

Cary Kennedy: Make college more affordable, including tech & vocational

We know that in the future, seven out of ten jobs are going to require some higher education, some higher skills. And yet in Colorado, not even three out of ten kids who grow up here are getting any kind of higher-education degree-- not an associate's degree, not a bachelor's degree--within six years of leaving high school.

We can do much more in our high schools to give kids employable skills when they graduate. That includes technical and professional and vocational courses we can offer in high school. And we can also make college more affordable. We need to do that as a state. We can do it as a state. I'll talk as a candidate and as governor about the importance of making education a top priority here in Colorado.

Source: Westword.com on 2018 Colorado gubernatorial race Mar 30, 2017

Victor Mitchell: Teachers unions are enemies of Colorado

While Mitchell spoke of working with Democrats, he could not name a way in which he might compromise on his deeply held conservative convictions on taxes and schools. He said he loves the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, a favorite constitutional amendment of conservatives that liberals say hurts funding for schools & other public needs.

Asked about his over policies on education, he began, "Job No. 1 we need to call out the public teachers unions for what they are, which is the enemy of the state."

Source: Colorado Gazette on 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial race Feb 14, 2017

Victor Mitchell: Supports vouchers and school choice

Mitchell said he strongly supports school choice, from charter schools to vouchers, as well as an expanded school year and a curriculum that rigorously focuses on science, technology, engineering, math and civics.

He also thinks teachers should be paid based on performance. "There's no legitimate purpose for public teachers unions," Mitchell said. "All they do is promote mediocrity into our public schools, and they protect a failed system."

Source: Colorado Gazette on 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial race Feb 14, 2017

Victor Mitchell: Don't boost No education spending via tax increases

The 51-year-old from Castle Rock served one two-year term in the state House in 2007 and led a successful effort to defeat a 2011 ballot measure to increase taxes to boost education spending. Instead of political experience, Mitchell's campaign is emphasizing his career as an entrepreneur who turned around failing businesses.

"I think people really want an outsider, somebody that knows how to fix things and problem solve in a meaningful way," Mitchell said.

Source: Denver Post on 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial race Feb 13, 2017

Victor Mitchell: Lower the cost of college

His top issues include lowering the cost of college, promoting patient-centered health care and helping "people earn more money."

A former House GOP colleague called Mitchell "an independent thinker" who "didn't let party get in the way of getting some things done."

Source: Denver Post on 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial race Feb 13, 2017

Mike Johnston: Keep up with innovation: 2 years of free college or training

How do we make sure Colorado is in a position to help drive the new economy and not be dragged behind the old one? What we've seen is that there's so much disruption coming to our world through globalization and automation and the changes in technology-- we're going to see up-and-coming people coming out of college and elsewhere who are going to experience 11 & 12 & 13 different careers over the course of their lifetime. We have to prepare a system that helps to train and re-train them over the course of their lifetimes, so if they're at 45 and their industry dies or contracts, they have the infrastructure and the skills to get prepared for the next emerging industry. That's why I introduced what I call the Lifetime Opportunity Promise, which is the opportunity for any Coloradan to have access, debt-free, to two years of either career training or post-secondary education as a way to get them the skills they need and the opportunity at the jobs they want in industries that are emerging.
Source: Westword interview on 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial race Jan 25, 2017

Mike Johnston: National Guard service in exchange for state college tuition

Q: How will you pay for your debt-free college and training proposal?

A: It will be done in exchange for students offering meaningful service to the state, like a National Guard, where they would do 4 or 5 weekends a year. It could be fire mitigation, trail repair, flood prevention--things we need. And if there are instances of a crisis, that corps is available to be called up

Q: The idea of state service has been out there for a while. Why has it been so hard to put something like that into place?

A: Our plan is unique in that most other service proposals are all full-time service proposals. You'd be an AmeriCorps volunteer who's working 60 hours a week in a school, or you would be working for a WPA-style program 50 hours a week--full-time programs for full-time benefits, which makes them much more expensive and much more complicated to administer. But the idea of the National Guard version is, you can still have your day job, and when Colorado calls you, you get summoned up.

Source: Westword interview on 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial race Jan 25, 2017

Mike Johnston: Weaken tenure protections; strengthen teacher evaluations

Johnston, whose state Senate term expired at the end of 2016, is best known as an eloquent speaker who championed education reform efforts and sponsored a contentious measure approved in 2010 to tie teacher evaluation to students' academic growth and weaken tenure protections.

The details of his promise to provide debt-free college and career training remains unclear. He declined to put a price tag on the plan or explain how to pay for it, maintaining that it would be near revenue-neutral.

Source: Denver Post on 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial race Jan 17, 2017

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

Cary Kennedy: Supports wise investments in Colorado's public schools

Kennedy has 10 years of experience in Colorado finance and a proven track record of leadership--a record which reflects her firm commitment to finding fiscal solutions that balance the budget without cutting wise investments in Colorado's children and public schools.

Kennedy served as the policy director for House Speaker Andrew Romanoff where she helped develop Referendum C. In 2000, she was the author of a statewide initiative to increase funding for Colorado's public schools, Amendment 23.

Source: 2006 Colorado campaign website KennedyForTreasurer.com Nov 4, 2006

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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