Voter guide: Colorado governor candidates education Q&A – Chalkbeat Colorado

by | Oct 22, 2022 | Education

Colorado voters will decide this November whether to give Democratic Gov. Jared Polis a second term or hand leadership to Republican Heidi Ganahl.Ganahl, 56, is a University of Colorado regent and currently the only Republican holding statewide office in Colorado. She’s the founder of Camp Bow Wow, a large national pet care franchise. She also started SheFactor, a virtual and in-person community that aims to empower young women. Ganahl is the founder of Moms Fight Back and the Fight Back Foundation, organizations working on changes to the family court system.Polis, 47, the incumbent governor, previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives and chaired the Colorado State Board of Education. He founded the New America charter network, which primarily serves older students who are recent immigrants. Polis also has founded several businesses, including the floral company and, with his family, the electronic greeting card company Blue Mountain Arts. The economy and public safety have dominated the debates, but education is an important issue for both candidates. 

Polis ran four years ago on a platform of making full-day kindergarten free to families (many previously had to pay tuition) and implementing a universal preschool program. Next fall, 4-year-olds should be eligible for at least 10 hours a week of state-funded preschool, but many details remain to be worked out. Polis says his priorities for a second term include seeing through the implement …

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