Larry Blackshear

What you need to know: School Finance Committee work

Even with the 2022 legislative session over, it’s been a busy summer following the Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance (SFIC). The Committee met multiple times this summer to discuss the latest updates on COVID-19 Relief (ESSER) federal stimulus funds

Kelly Caufield

Kelly Caufield Reflects on Six Years at Colorado Succeeds

After nearly six years at Colorado Succeeds, I am departing onto the next adventure with excitement as Common Sense Institute’s new Colorado Executive Director. But, with any transition, it’s important to reflect on the many accomplishments achieved as part of

Larry Blackshear

Colorado Succeeds’ Priority: Student-Centered Policies & Programs

Colorado Succeeds is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of business leaders, working to ensure all of Colorado’s learners are educated to their greatest potential, and all of Colorado’s businesses have the talented and innovative homegrown workforce they need to thrive. We

Colorado Succeeds

2022 Colorado Legislative Session Ends with Big Wins for Learners

With over 700 bills and resolutions introduced, the 73rd General Assembly adjourned on Wednesday, May 11 after a 120-day legislative session. Colorado Succeeds is thankful for the courageous leadership of legislators, the Governor’s office, state agency leaders, business leaders, educators,

Amadou Dieng

Addressing the Public School Transportation Shortage

A shortage of bus drivers is causing significant challenges in helping students get to school. Recent legislation introduced by Reps. Colin Larson (R) and Mary Young (D) and Sens. Rachel Zenzinger (D) and Cleave Simpsons (R) encourage innovative solutions, strategies,

Kelly Caufield

Student Learning Gaps and the Need for a Strong Accountability System

Student disengagement and learning loss are competing for attention among the innumerable education challenges surfaced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the country, state legislatures, school districts, education advocacy organizations, parents, and communities are trying to support their students and ensure

Colorado Succeeds

Bipartisan Support for Work-Based Learning Business Incentives

Expansion of Experiential Learning Opportunities (SB22-140) passed the Colorado Senate with bipartisan support. The bill, introduced by Sen. James Coleman and Rep. Barbara McLachlan, proposes incentives to businesses to offer work-based learning programs; allowing learners to become earners while developing

Lance Hostetter

Blurring the Line Between High School and Postsecondary Education

Colorado high school students can participate in a variety of programs, like concurrent enrollment, P-TECH, and ASCENT, in which they can earn postsecondary credit while still enrolled in high school. However, these programs can be costly to administer, reliant on

Kelly Caufield

Momentum for Post-Secondary Innovation Building in Colorado

Colorado Succeeds sees 2022 as the year to prioritize talent development. We, along with 40 other organizations, strongly supported the Student Success & Workforce Revitalization Taskforce’s report recommendations and urged stimulus dollars to focus on four key priorities: Bring industry and