By investing in Colorado’s P-12 and higher education we can guarantee a better future for both our children and our state. I am proud to represent a community that is home to one of our country’s best universities. In P-12 I support advancing curriculum that prepares students for higher education and future careers. In order to do that we must invest in our schools and our teachers so we can ensure the best learning environment is available for all Colorado students. Additionally, It is important that we continue to support students when they enter in to higher education by ensuring that they have the financial tools they need as well as the academic support required while in school.
This past session produced several laws that will ensure Colorado students have optimal opportunity available. I supported the improvement of 2008 BEST program, which will continue to make improvements to our states older schools. I also sponsored the “Breakfast After the Bell Nutrition Program” that will provide a free breakfast for eligible students. By supporting students with a meal, they will be energized for the day and be more prepared to learn. I was very proud to support the ASSET bill as well. Under ASSET, students who are living illegally in the state, but have attended Colorado high school for more than 3 years and are in good standing, will be eligible for in-state tuition at our public universities. These laws, and other legislation that supports improving education, I will continue to support in my time as a legislator, as it is vital to our states future.