Education policy is a bright dividing line in Colorado’s governor’s race – Axios

by | Nov 3, 2022 | Education

Axios on facebookAxios on twitterAxios on linkedinAxios on email Illustration: Natalie Peeples/AxiosMore than most issues, education is a bright dividing line in the Colorado governor’s race. Gov. Jared Polis is running on his record of expanding kindergarten and preschool, as well as pumping more money into the classroom as the state saw record tax revenues.GOP rival Heidi Ganahl wants parents to allocate per-pupil spending to the institution of their choice, embracing private school vouchers, competition and transparency.Why it matters: How voters decide the race will have major impacts on the future of the state’s education system, our partners at Chalkbeat write.Zoom in: Polis sees universal preschool launching in 2023 at 10 hours a week as the answer to current challenges. He says it will save parents money and help improve the state’s dismal test scores, albeit in the next generation of children.He also emphasizes that he urged schools to reopen sooner than most states amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The other side: Ganahl says the fact that 60% of Colorado students can’t read, write or do math at grade level should disqualify Polis from another term. Her support for broader school choice comes from her own experience. She moved two of her children, one with dyslexia and another with dysgraphia, to a private school with smaller classes after they struggled in public school.She also wants to see more parental oversight of what students are taught in classrooms and criticized students being taught about transgender people, even repeating transphobic rhetoric about “furries.”Her plan to reduce the state’s income tax to zero has unknown impacts on education, but she suggested in a recent debate she supports paying teachers more in the state budget.Axios on facebookAxios on twitterAxios on linkedinAxios on emailšŸŒ±Support local journalism by becoming a member.Learn moreMore Denver storiesNo stories could be foundGet a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Denver.šŸŒ±Support local journalism by becoming a member.Learn more …

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