I have devoted a good portion of my life to improving and expanding educational opportunities for all Coloradans. Education is the key to economic opportunity. Our future is tied directly to the quality of education we provide to our children. We cannot begin to fulfill the potential of our young people, nor our vision for the future of our State, unless we invest generously and thoughtfully in preschool, full day kindergarten through 12th grade, and higher education.
It starts with ensuring access to better schools. It means smaller class sizes so that our children get the attention they deserve. It means expanding curriculums, connectivity and on-line education so that rural Coloradans can go on to our trade schools, state colleges and universities prepared to compete in the global economy of the 21st century. And it means accountability to parents and taxpayers. Nothing is more important to Colorado's future.
As a former Commissioner on the Colorado Commission for Higher Education, as Vice-Chair of the CU Board of Regents, as a long time advocate for local schools, as the mother of 3 college students, and as your State Senator, you can count on me to make education a top priority. I am committed to improving our public schools and ensuring that Colorado's young people receive the best possible education in America. There is no reason for Colorado to settle for next to last in funding education yes, that's where we currently stand when our kids deserve the best. That means ALL of our children. For nearly 10 years I have been a strong proponent of access and equity in education for children from our rural communities.