Colorado’s School Funding Shortages Hurt Rural Students the Most.

Earlier this year, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Colorado’s $898 million school funding shortages hurt rural Colorado much more than the Front Range. To give our kids better opportunities when they graduate, we need to strengthen our rural schools here in Southwest Colorado.

More Education Means Higher Wages…

Employers know they can invest millions in equipment and facilities, but without an educated workforce, they aren’t going to thrive. That’s why they locate to areas where there are skilled, trained workers. When businesses hire from a talented pool of candidates at all levels, they are more competitive and productive.

…But First, We Need to Strengthen Our Rural Schools.

It all begins with strengthening our public rural schools. Last year, the Colorado General Assembly set aside $150 million for schools, and that was a great first step, but we still have a lot of work to do.

One of the most critical areas is teacher recruitment and retaining. As many as 3,000 new teachers are needed to fill existing slots in Colorado. Meanwhile, enrollment in teacher preparation programs remains flat. When one-third of our teachers are 55 and older, and about to retire, we need to accelerate efforts to solve this problem in the upcoming years.

We Need More Rural Democrats in the Colorado General Assembly.

When I’m elected to the Colorado Senate, I will always stand up for our rural students. If you also want to see change in our rural schools, please volunteer to knock on doors and make phone calls for my campaign, or contribute to help our campaign keep going. We need your help to flip Senate Dist. 6.

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Senate Dist. 6 includes La Plata County, Archuleta County, Montezuma County, Montrose County, Ouray County, Dolores County, San Juan County and San Miguel County.

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