Last week, the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) published its annual “Legislative Report on Remedial Education” for the 2014 academic school year. The information, which is gathered from students taking basic skills courses at Colorado’s public higher education institutions, informs lawmakers and school leaders about the number of high school graduates taking remedial classes. CDHE recently set a goal of closing the attainment gap by 50% by 2025, helping to increase the number of Colorado residents who hold a high-quality, postsecondary credential.
Father’s Day is a special day at Stand for Children – just like Mother’s Day, because it’s an important reminder to stop and thank our parents. We want to pause and appreciate everything dads across Colorado, and the country, do for their kids every day. We really do believe that fathers help our children reach for the sky and achieve their dreams.
Stand for Children has launched a Summer Reading Challenge and YOU should sign up here.
It is critical that children spend time reading over the summer to help combat what is known as summer learning loss. Children can lose as much as 2 – 3 months of reading skills over the summer while they are not in school. Over the course of elementary school, this can put them the equivalent of nearly 3 grade levels behind.
About Stand for Children’s Summer Reading Challenge:
Last year was full of big accomplishments for our organization and I’m proud to share with you our 2014 Annual Report. But first, let me introduce myself. My name is Jeani Frickey Saito and I’m the new Executive Director of Stand Colorado.
I’m not a stranger to Stand’s work because I’ve served as an extension of the team at the Capitol for the past several years, fighting for Colorado’s students and better education policies and working closely with Stand Colorado.
I grew up in a small farming community near the town of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico’s Pacific coast. When I was 10 years old, just as I was finishing primary school, my family moved to Basalt, Colorado. I didn’t speak English and I remember having a hard time transitioning to my new environment. My first experience in an American school seemed confusing and awkward at times, especially as my teachers and the school administrators tried to figure out how to best teach me English as well as the core subjects.
My name is Jeani Frickey Saito and I’m the new Executive Director of Stand Colorado. I grew up in Lakewood and attended Jefferson County Public Schools. I’m the daughter and sister of teachers and the parent of three school-age children. I’m no stranger to the challenges and opportunities that our students, parents, and educators have in our schools. It’s an incredible privilege to lead an organization that fights each day to make sure every student has access to a high-quality education – no matter what family or background they come from.
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.