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Across our state we are facing a crisis concerning student performance. Currently, 60 percent of Colorado third graders cannot read at grade level. 70 percent are not proficient in math. What we are doing is not working. We need to restore the trust between parents and teachers to ensure educational success. Communication and understanding among parents, students, and teachers, builds trust, confidence, and establishes a genuine partnership between home and school. Parents know their children best. Providing them with more involvement opportunities allows for higher rates of academic success.
School districts are spending exorbitant amounts of money on divisive programs that do little to improve academic outcomes. We need to hold our schools accountable through fiscal transparency to ensure funds are invested in the classroom instead of adding more administrators with six-figure salaries. Students are failing to hit benchmarks and academic gaps are widening. Through accountability and streamlining funding we close the academic gap. Teachers will have the resources they need to be successful and students will have a better learning environment.
As a member of the State Board of Education, I will collaborate with school districts and law enforcement in implementing safety measures such as additional cameras, locks on all exterior doors, and School Resource Officers (SROs) to ensure the safety of our children. Schools should be the one place where kids feel safest. Our classrooms should be joy-filled learning environments where everyone feels safe, supported, and engaged.
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