Jenise on Education

Education is more than just an issue, it’s our future. All children deserve access to high-performing schools. We need to provide future generations with the tools they need to recreate their own version of the American Dream for the 21st Century. I will help level the playing field and provide an opportunity for success to all Coloradans. Here’s a few ways I want to accomplish this goal: Standardized Testing Standardized testing policies have to be re-examined to ensure they are effective at tracking student growth, and not just testing for the sake of testing. For example, many test scores are not returned until the next year, at which point they are useless for actually tracking the needs of students. Can you imagine a business evaluating their employee and saving the results for the next year to tell them where they need to improve? At the very least tests results should be available to educators in the same quarter in order to be useful. Education Funding Colorado currently funds schools by a per pupil formula, which has not been adequately adjusted to meet the needs of all students, regardless of zip code. As a former member of the Budget Committee, I voted to invest an additional $750 million directly into the classroom. As your State Senator, I will continue to focus on increasing opportunity for all Coloradans. Supporting Teachers Teachers need to be appreciated. What they do for our children’s future cannot be underestimated. Colorado consistently ranks in the bottom 10% when it comes to K-12 teacher compensation. It is important that we find a way to pinpoint our best educators to ensure that we are able to accommodate great educators and improve teacher retention here in Colorado. Yvonne Bradford retired teacher: “In my former role as an educator, I know that Jenise understands that administrators, teachers, parents and students must all be heard to create and maintain a quality education system.”