“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
The above quote has been on a poster on my classroom walls since I began teaching. In order for our democracy to be successful, it is imperative we have a quality education system. However, Colorado consistently ranks lowest in comparison to other states when it comes to supporting education, so much so that teachers in Colorado are struggling to afford to live in our beautiful state, leading to unfilled teaching positions, especially in our rural communities. The teachers that do manage to stay in Colorado are immensely hard-working and extremely supportive of students. That is why it is so crucial for us to continue to make strides to support Colorado’s students and teachers, especially in rural districts, at the State Capitol.
HB23-1064: Addresses the teacher shortage by making it easier for teachers to move from out-of-state.
SB23-094: Creates a task force to compile a report with findings and recommendations to improve public school transportation services.
HB23-1198: Establishes a teacher externship program for teachers to participate in external opportunities in S.T.E.M.
SB23-287: School Finance Act was the largest commitment to public education in Colorado history. This year’s School Finance Act:
Raises the statewide average of per-pupil funding to $10,614.
Reduces the Budget Stabilization Factor by $180 million.
Invests $30 million into rural schools.
Commits lawmakers to fully fund public schools in the 2024-2025 school year.
Utilize my perspective as a high school teacher and my Master’s degree in Leadership in Educational Organizations to advocate for educational policy that promotes a quality education system.
Work to invest in a strong education system.
Increase access to mental health resources in Colorado schools.
Prioritize public school funding.
Mitigate the educational workforce shortage.
Promote access to affordable early childhood education.
Represent constituents and stakeholders invested in education.