“We all know the key to strengthening our economies, our communities and our quality of life lies with fundamentally reforming our education systems,” Gov. Ritter told the NGA’s Education, Early Childhood and Workforce Committee. “The investments we make in education will reap the biggest dividends and keep
from losing its competitive edge in the 21st Century global marketplace.” America
“Though our Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids, we will be creating rigorous curricula across all grade levels from pre-school to post-secondary,” Gov. Ritter said. “We will improve student learning and begin to truly measure student proficiency instead of focusing on meaningless ‘seat time’ requirements.”
Gov. Ritter also outlined several of the 15 recommendations from his P-20 Education Council, including eliminating the current waiting list for at-risk children seeking access to the Colorado Preschool Program, expanding full-day kindergarten to 22,000 more children statewide, and creating a Colorado Counselor Corps to keep students from dropping out of high school.
Also today, Gov. Ritter:
, we’re attacking this challenge as aggressively as possible to keep more people from losing their homes and to prevent the American Dream of homeownership from becoming the American Nightmare,” Gov. Ritter said. “We enacted a package of legislation last year that is now considered a national model, and our Colorado Foreclosure Hotline has led to positive outcomes for thousands of homeowners across the state.”
On Monday, Gov. Ritter and the nation’s governors will meet with President Bush. Among the issues expected to be discussed will be pending cuts in federal funding to Medicaid, which would have severe fiscal implications for
‘s safety-net health care providers.