Priorities for Student Success
Education is the one constant that when funded appropriately, will afford equity, social mobility, and a better future for every student; regardless of background, race, ethnicity, gender, identity, ability, or socioeconomic status.
Improve Academic Performance for Success
Academic achievement is important for the successful development of young people in society. Students who do well in school are better able to make the transition into adulthood and to achieve occupational and economic success.
Provide a Full, Robust, and Well-Rounded Education
The promise of public education is access to education for all children. That means fact-based social studies, access to fact-based reproductive education, science-based social and emotional support and education, and science-based literacy and math instruction must be available to all Colorado students. Equal access to literacy and education is the civil rights issue of our time.
Equity & Access
Parents should have the ability to become partners and leaders in the education of their children irregardless of language, culture or socio-economic background. I'm a firm believer in creating community at each school and district. I've seen the power of family centers or parent academies in leading the way to a safe space for families to work to support their children and feel like they are authentically part of the process.
The educational journey of each child will be paved with constructive collaboration between teachers, administrators, and support people.
School Climate & Culture
It is imperative to our success that schools be welcoming places to children of all identities and backgrounds, environments that foster creativity, spaces of comfort with mental health and wellness at the forefront, and collaborative places that help students break through the ceilings of their own potential.
In order to create spaces that welcome our collective diversity, it's vital that we develop training programs and policy guidelines that celebrate the unique cultural heritage and identity of each student and the strength of a collective diversity of thought.
Education is not one person's job, and from my experience, every teacher, administrator, maintenance worker, bus driver, para-professional, food service staff member, IT specialist, and support staffer helps to ensure that our students have a quality education.
Personal Learning Plans for All Students
All students deserve a personalized learning plan that compliments their interests and strengths. It is extremely important for school districts to stay connected to their communities and the business sectors to make sure we are helping prepare for the future work force. Through these partnerships, more options are created for students.
A 4-year college education is not the path for every student and there are options that work in support of all our students' goals; including apprenticeship and certificate options for students who wish to become employed in highly-skilled specialized trades. Our students must be either college or career ready when they graduate from our Colorado schools.
Critical Race Theory
CRT is not being taught and will not be taught in Colorado Schools. Colorado Students are not being indoctrinated as they are being taught fact-and- science-based instruction.
COVID has brought great strain on our school system.
In-person learning is best for our students, but should be conducted in the safest way possible.
Teachers need to be supported and feel safe, while also having the tools to do their jobs effectively. Investing in our teachers is investing in our students.
School Choice is a personal decision, but should not be a decision that affects how schools are funded. Voucher programs for private/charter schools takes funding out of the public schools that need them most.