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This Week at the Capitol

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Last week, we promised to share an update with you about what happened at the Capitol each week and here’s the latest:

This Week at the Capitol

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Stand for Children’s mission is to is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education.  To meet these needs and expectations, Stand Colorado pursues policy priorities based on principles we believe are critical success factors for our education system. Learn more about what we stand for here. We’re making sure our elected officials at the Capitol think about what’s best for Colorado’s kids.

Pencils down…testing task force recommendations are in!

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While academic tests can provide valuable information to parents, students, educators, administrators, and policymakers, there has been growing concern about excessive testing of K-12 students. To address this concern in Colorado, the 1202 Standards and Assessments Task Force was created in 2014. The Task Force was charged with examining the implementation of assessments and recommending options for reducing state testing requirements.

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Our priorities at the Capitol

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We’re only a few weeks into Colorado’s legislative session and it’s already heating up at the State Capitol, despite the snow outside. Learn more about what’s happening at the Colorado State Legislature on our Capitol Connection.

Our team is hard at work to make sure we deliver on our promise to Colorado’s students. Here are the critical areas that have our attention this session:

Wins for Kids in 2014

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2014 was a big year for Stand for Children but an even bigger year for Colorado’s kids. As we look back at this year’s accomplishments, we’re grateful for all that we’ve achieved to make sure our students graduate high school ready for college and the careers of tomorrow.

Here are four of our big wins for students in 2014:

Last week's election results

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Colorado voters went to the polls last week and we’re excited to report that a majority of our Education Champions won their races!

This year’s general election was critical in determining whether or not we’d elect education champions who would maintain the progress Colorado has made in the last several years to improve our education system. That includes our work around the implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards, better tests, and new educator evaluations.

Why we support the Denver Preschool Program ballot measure

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Stand for Children Colorado strongly supports the Denver Preschool Program (DPP), which was created in 2006 to connect Denver’s families with high-quality preschool. Today, it serves nearly 6,000 children each year, or approximately 70% of Denver’s 4-year-olds. On November 4, Colorado voters will vote on whether or not to extend and expand this program. We believe it is critical that we invest in quality preschool for Denver’s kids this year.

Kevin Priola -- Education Champion

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Rep. Kevin Priola represents House District 56, which includes the Brighton, Henderson, Aurora, Bennett and Watkins communities. He was first elected in 2008. Since then, Rep. Priola has been a leading voice for Colorado’s students. He holds increasing performance in our schools as major priority and knows that we must work with parents to do so. As Rep. Priola says, he “…will work to improve performance and promote parental involvement in our schools.”

Rhonda Fields -- Education Champion

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Rep. Rhonda Fields has represented Aurora’s House District 42, Arapahoe County, since 2010. She has proven herself as an education champion – standing up for Colorado’s students while serving on the House Education Committee.

Rep. Fields has been a strong proponent for increased access to early childhood education and equitable school funding spent wisely. She believes in creating an affordable pathway to higher education for every child. She’s also established an endowed scholarship for students to attend Colorado State University.

John Buckner -- Education Champion

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Rep. John Buckner is the type of legislator that Colorado needs in the state legislature. As a former teacher, principal, and long-time advocate for students, Rep. Buckner has the experience to help advocate for the best education possible in Colorado’s schools.

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