Ensuring a stronger economic future for all of us
To make Colorado a land of opportunity for everyone in the 21st Century, we have to start with education. Everything builds on this foundation. If we fail in this, nothing else we do will matter much.
We cannot afford a dual system that moves some kids forward and leaves others behind. We need all young people to be able to compete and contribute to our state or our communities and our economy will suffer. We all know that when students develop talents and reach their potential they are less likely to impose costs on the system throughout their lives. Our economy needs everyone pulling in the same direction.
We need schools that work for ALL our kids - that means raising performance across the board; providing flexibility and rewarding innovation; closing the persistent performance gaps among kids of different economic and racial backgrounds; preparing kids to succeed whether in college or the workplace; and ensuring kids who want to go to college can afford to do so.