March 13, 2017
Dear Commissioner Anthes:
As a coalition of business leaders, Colorado Succeeds is committed to ensuring that Colorado’s kids are prepared for Colorado’s jobs. We write to you to outline our feedback and recommendations on the Colorado Department of Education’s (CDE) draft plan for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds
All children deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential – the kind of opportunity that is only made possible by a great education. In order to achieve this goal, the state must put students at the center of each policy decision and promotes high academic achievement for all students,
We envision a day when all of Colorado’s students graduate high school fully prepared for whatever comes next – whether it be additional education, technical training, or the workforce. To help make this goal a reality, the state has adopted higher standards and better tests. Together, they give teachers and parents a clearer picture of how students are doing and whether or not they are on track to succeed.
September 8, 2015
Mr. Chairman and Members of the State Board of Education,
As a coalition of business leaders, Colorado Succeeds is committed to ensuring that Colorado’s kids are prepared for Colorado’s jobs. We recognize that a quality education system is imperative for a prepared workforce, foundational for a prosperous economy, and vital for our students’ futures. We have grave concerns about recent attempts to weaken the state’s high school graduation guidelines and urge you to carefully consider the dire consequences associated with lowering expectations for students in a time when the economy is demanding more from them.
April 6, 2015
As parents, community leaders, educators, and civic and business leaders, we are writing to show our support for reducing the amount of testing in K-12 schools while maintaining our state’s nationally recognized accountability system.
As a bipartisan coalition of business, civic, and nonprofit leaders, we are dedicated to ensuring that every student in Colorado, regardless of personal circumstance, receives a quality education and has equal opportunity to succeed. More than three years ago, a broad-based coalition came together to help pass landmark education reform legislation, Senate Bill 191, which became known as the Great Teacher and Leaders Act. Our current coalition, which includes many of those original organizations and numerous others, is here to reaffirm our commitment to the innovative teacher tenure and evaluation reforms embodied in Senate Bill 191.
February 11, 2013
Dear Members of the Colorado State Board of Education,
Once again, please accept our sincere appreciation for the hard work that the Department of Education has put into the rules-writing process for the administration of the Colorado READ Act (HB 12-1238). As members of a broad coalition of parents, educators, civic, and business leaders who supported the READ Act from its inception, we remain attentive to the critical role that the rules you adopt will play in the success of the vision behind the statute. We thank you and the department for your continued work on the thoughtful implementation of this legislation.