Mike Bowlby testimony on SB-61
Senate Education Committee
February 7, 2017
Thank you Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, my name is Michael Bowlby and I am testifying today representing the business community as a member of Colorado Succeeds and
by Maja Rosenquist and Nancy L. Wollen
From Mortenson Construction’s numerous projects across the Front Range to Kaiser Permanente’s 30 medical office buildings in Colorado, one thing is true: Our employees are our most important resource. We rely on them to meet the needs of our customers and keep our businesses running smoothly.
By Cathy Shull
Meaningful change takes time and recent setbacks rarely tell the whole story. The newly released results of the first Colorado Measures of Academic Success tests are no exception. Statewide, the scores show that a majority of students are not proficient in English and math. The local results will come out in early December.
By Kent Thiry and Michael Gass
While many states struggle with high unemployment and too few jobs, Colorado has a unique problem — plenty of available and high-quality jobs but too few qualified workers to fill them.
By Pamela Norton
Parents, teachers, and the larger community in our state are frustrated with the amount of testing in our schools. Unfortunately, to demonstrate this concern, some parents are threatening to pull students out of the statewide PARCC test. This dissenting voice should be heard, but the tactic of opting-out doesn’t solve the problem of over-testing. Instead, it reduces transparency.
By Jandel Allen-Davis and David Beal
In the healthcare and insurance industries, we depend on evaluation and feedback from our customers and patients to help us provide better products and services. Similarly, our employees use input from supervisors to mark and monitor progress, celebrate wins, and identify areas for improvement.
By Bob Tointon
Ask any of Colorado’s business leaders and they’ll tell you – the success of their company or organization depends on the knowledge and skills of their employees. Whether we’re in manufacturing and distribution, like Phelps-Tointon, or any other industry thriving in Greeley’s booming economy, we rely on a workforce that is up to the challenges of the job today and can adapt to the challenges that will come tomorrow.
By Kelly Brough
In just six short years, 74% of jobs in Colorado will require some sort of post-secondary education. It’s a daunting stat even for a highly educated region like ours in which roughly 47% of adults have a two- or four-year college degree (which ranks us second only to Massachusetts in terms of degrees per capita).
By Al Timothy
From corner to corner of the state, Colorado’s business community understands that the relationship between our public education system and our state’s economy is a symbiotic one—each one depends on the other for survival.
by Walter Isenberg and Zack Neumeyer
Colorado is fighting harder than ever for convention business — and we are winning. The Denver Business Journal reported last week that the Denver metro area massively increased its convention space and appeal, qualifying us for major events similar to the Democratic National Convention, professional sporting events, and other major attractions.