John Hickenlooper on Education



Increase investment in education by additional $100M

Today, in almost every part of Colorado, zip code still determines your educational outcome. And that determines your economic outcome. This needs to change. We re-convened the Education Leadership Council to build a long-term vision and path forward. We're pumping an additional one hundred million dollars above enrollment and inflation into our schools this year, and adding ten million dollars to address teacher shortages in rural areas.
Source: 2018 Colorado State of the State address , Jan 11, 2018

Reinvent bipartisan apprenticeships & workforce training

Q [to Kasich]: Are you working with Gov. Hickenlooper on issues other than healthcare?

Gov. John KASICH (R-OH): Gov. Hickenlooper and I have talked about the issue of entitlements, to get this problem of rising debt under control. This could be a good start.

HICKENLOOPER: [Our bipartisan model could apply to] almost anything. Look at the need to reinvent the way we do work force training: 2/3 of our kids are never going to get a 4-year college degree, and we really haven't been able to prepare them for an economy where the new generation of jobs require some technical capability. We need to look at apprenticeships. We need to look at all kinds of internships. That's the kind of thing that Republicans and Democrats could work on together. And go down the list, all the economic development work. Those are issues where we should be able to roll up our sleeves say, "we may disagree about this, but we all agree that we want to make sure that everybody has a chance to earn their own future."

Source: CBS Face the Nation 2017 interviews of 2020 hopefuls , Aug 6, 2017

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

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

Federal funds will ensure excellence in Education in CO

Gov. Hickenlooper applauded the U.S. Department of Education's announcement that Colorado is eligible to apply for Race to the Top funds. We have every intention of pursuing this opportunity to fund excellence in our schools. In the face of increasing global competition, educating our kids is the key to economic success. Colorado will build on our previous Race to the Top applications, forge ahead with the reform efforts we already have underway and hopefully secure this federal funding.
Source: 2011 gubernatorial press release #1251593245085 , May 25, 2011

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

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