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02 April 2012
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The State of Education in Colorado
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The State of Transportation in Colorado
The State Budget
Sue B. Mullins
04 April 2012 at 19:04 |
My main concern regards the low tax support for public education in Colorado. I come from a state where education held priority status. How can we progress/compete on the national/international stage unless our youth are prepared with an understanding of the past and ability to work and participate in the future? We are now in a global economy.
17 April 2012 at 15:20 |
I agree with Sue. I just moved to the state from another school district that spent significantly more per pupil than Colorado does and there is a distinct difference in quality of schools (my former district was better). For all the reforms Colorado has put in place, Colorado has not put in place the resources to achieve what the state wants to achieve. Also, schools are being forced to emphasize high stakes testing way too much, rather than investing in quality professional development and 21st century instructional methods, which include collaborative (group) skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, and how to use technology effectively. I came from a district that paid little attention to the state tests, but focused continually on instructional excellence and teacher development. Guess what? We had high test scores.
17 April 2012 at 15:29 |
I understand your concern but are you on a regional committee or willing to follow those guidelines?
18 April 2012 at 16:25 |
Transportation maintenance and improvements need to be funded now to address issue that will cost significantly more in the future. This is prudent so we and future generation do not create more of a burden and compound our current budget problems. Unfortunately most people will not want to fund these improvements until they see direct negative impacts to their lives, which by then is too late. This will require leadership and increase sources of revenue.
19 April 2012 at 17:18 |
Money is not always the answer. Sometimes it is the last thing needed.Community involvement especially voluntary and familirs are more important.
There is an old religious adage that comes to mind:
The famoly that prays togethr stays together
For example other versions are Family that learns together or plays together stays together
This foundation combined with community is where we need to seek the sure foundation.
25 April 2012 at 14:47 |
Thank you Mr. Jeffers! Excellent idea Community Schools with Community/family involvement, participation and contribution. Education has proven Money doesn’t always solve much and “Community Schools” do have an excellent track record in improving academic achievement. Beside it puts the State’s and local tax money directly in the schools where it’s needed and offers what our particular communities student’s really need.
Local Control is why our school district/higher educational systems exists and the State gives them 50% of our general fund. My Local School District not only has local rules that prevent people like me who have years of experience from working in their schools but my issue is I can’t do it even for the school across the street from my own home. This the largest school district in our State has no actual “Local Control” nor the community/family involvement necessary in the schools to make them work well for all.
Also the problems I heard in the comments about the education issue at our regional TBD meeting was about what has already been solved by our State’s Newer Educational Statutes. (i.e. ICAP 2008) My question about Colorado’s Educational paradox is when will we start reforming our out dated Educational Systems so that all the educational reforms already implemented will work for us all the time instead of just occasionally?
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