Kelly Caufield

School Funding in Colorado: What You Need to Know

The average Coloradan likely knows two basic truths about school funding: It’s a vitally important and contentious issue, and it’s incredibly hard to understand. School funding is complex in every state, but arguably more so in Colorado than anywhere else.

Rep. Brittany Pettersen and Scott Laband at Legislative Recap
Kelly Caufield

An Insider’s Look at Colorado’s 2017 Legislative Session

Colorado’s 2017 legislative session produced more wins for forward-thinking education policy than any session in recent years. To mark the session’s triumphant end, Colorado Succeeds convened our members for a behind-the-scenes conversation with Colorado’s two leading education policymakers: Senator Owen

Scott Laband

Colorado’s Opportunity for Every Student to Succeed

To the casual observer, federal education law seems abstract and too far removed from Colorado classrooms to have any real impact on our students. That’s not the case with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), recently passed by Congress in

Kelly Caufield

Colorado Succeeds Members Champion Computer Science at the Capitol

A Colorado Succeeds-backed bill that would significantly bolster computer science and tech education in Colorado recently passed its first hurdle in the House Education Committee. The business community turned out in force to support HB-1184, the Expanding Computer Science Education

Kelly Caufield

Colorado Succeeds 2017 Legislative Priorities

2016 was a landmark year for education in Colorado. To summarize quickly, Colorado Succeeds supported policies that: Expanded access to high-performing public charter schools; Rewarded schools with financial incentives when students earn in-demand workplace skills and credentials; and Ensured all

Jamie Trafficanda

The Colorado READ Act Delivers Results for Kids

Building a strong workforce pipeline begins well before students enter high school. Early literacy is a little known but key factor in ensuring student success throughout their lives. “Research shows that 3rd-grade literacy is one of the best predictors of

Jamie Trafficanda

Succeeds-Championed Workforce Bill Signed Into Law

On a windy Friday afternoon, Brues Ale House in Pueblo was packed with Colorado policy makers, business community representatives and advocates, and education leaders for the signing of HB-1289.