Welcome to 2022’s first edition of Capitol Week in Review, a weekly update on education policy at the Capitol!
Wednesday, January 12 marked the start of Colorado’s 2022 legislative session. The General Assembly opened with speeches from lawmakers, many of which centered education as a top issue.
On Thursday, Governor Jared Polis delivered his State of the State address in which he touched on a variety of education issues. Notably, he acknowledged the historic passing of free full-day kindergarten and universal preschool saying ,"We've done what generations before believed impossible- free full-day kindergarten and universal pre-k..... which gives our youngest Coloradans a strong start in life".
The State Board of Education also met this week and discussed several topics including a hearing on the Expelled and At-Risk Student Success grant program, as well as the resuming of state testing, accountability, and the ongoing Adams 14 accreditation situation.
Alexis and her son, who attends full day kindergarten, Benjamin joined Governor Polis, Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera and Stand Government Affairs Director, Bri Buentello for his State of the State address
Our team remains laser focused on improving early literacy results, high school success, equitable school funding, and just and supportive schools and communities.
During Colorado’s 2022 legislative session, we will advocate for policy change in the following areas:
Support educators by expanding science of reading training to school leaders
Identify opportunities to enhance tools for educators to use to communicate literacy growth with families
Just and supportive schools and communities
Address disproportionate discipline of students of color and students with disabilities
Increase pathways for educators of color to enter the teaching profession
Remove barriers to housing and employment for thousands of Coloradans by automatically sealing records of non-violent offenders who have completed their sentence
Advance equitable school funding by updating the school finance formula
Learn more about our legislative priorities here.
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