Stand for Children Colorado issued the following statement today from interim Executive Director, Kirsta Spurgin, in response to the news that Colorado Representative John Buckner passed away.
"We were saddened to hear of Representative Buckner's passing. He was a true education champion in the legislature and his work as an educator impacted thousands of lives. We thank him for his dedication to ensuring every child in Colorado receives an education that prepares them for success after high school. Our thoughts are with his family now."
On the heels of Governor John Hickenlooper signing into law House Bill 1323, legislation that reduces the overall amount of testing for Colorado students, an announcement today from Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC), the consortium of states that created the improved state assessments in math and English language arts, will mean a further reduction in the amount of testing time in the state.
In Colorado, we have about 50,000 public school teachers. There are roughly 900,000 public school students in our state whose lives are touched by those teachers. Every day, I work with and organize teachers who are focused on just one thing: the success of Colorado’s kids. This month is National Teacher Appreciation Month and we’ve asked our staff to share how their favorite teachers impacted their lives.
Stand for Children Applauds Governor Hickenlooper for Signing H.B. 1323 into Law
Bipartisan legislation reduces student testing while maintaining CO’s new smarter tests
May 20, 2015, Denver, CO – Stand for Children Colorado issued the following statement today as Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law House Bill 1323, bipartisan legislation reducing the overall amount of testing for Colorado students, while keeping in place the state’s improved tests aligned to the updated Colorado Academic Standards.
I am lucky because through my work with Stand Colorado I have the privilege of meeting with teachers from all over metro Denver and throughout the state. Regardless of the difficulties of the profession, I have yet to meet a teacher who does not demonstrate a clear love for their work.
Denver, CO - Stand for Children Colorado issued the following statement today from interim Executive Director Krista Spurgin in response to a national report issued by Achieve, Inc. that shows discrepancies between student proficiency rates as reported by Colorado state tests and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
This week, the Colorado Legislature wrapped up the 2015 legislative session. This last session was one of the most contentious sessions in recent history and the debates at the Capitol on important education issues in our state were often fierce. However, our supporters made all the difference this year at the Capitol and demonstrated our collective power to stand up for policies that help kids succeed.
Here are a number of critical victories for students this year at the Capitol:
I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was in Kindergarten when ‘playing school’ was a daily routine – chalkboard, pointer, and all. However, starting at an early age, some discouraged me from becoming a teacher. They claimed I would be “wasting my talent.” In my youth, their comments gave me a moment of pause. I worried, “are they right? Was I made for more?”
Think about your favorite teacher for a moment. This probably came easily to you. What about this teacher made an impression on you that still resonates 5 or 14 or 31 years later?
Did this teacher make lessons exceptionally fun, or change the way you think about something? Did this person stay after school with you to make sure you understood the material or attend your school play?
With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, tempers are running high as legislators attempt to work through nearly 350 remaining bills and resolutions. Members are spending late nights in committee meetings to discuss contentious topics like educational testing, safety in schools, healthcare charges, and immigration enforcement. As bills continue to back up in both chambers, the legislature can expect late nights and long debates in order to finish by May 6.