I've said many times that education is the key to our democracy, since without an educated populace, our form of government simply can't work. It's vitally important for us to provide quality education for all of Colorado's children, starting as early as preschool. Eliminating our current achievement gap is also essential. Top-notch education can lead to excellent future employment opportunities for the students, and will help young Coloradans learn the civic and social values necessary to build the engaged citizenry of tomorrow. In addition, we need the most important part of our education system - our teachers - to do the best job possible.