Every Child Deserves A Great Education

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The Issue and its Facts

A quality, affordable education is the dream of all parents for their children, but after decades of pouring money into public education, it’s clear our public schools are a noble experiment that is failing us.

The United States has the highest per-pupil spending of any major nation, but without similarly ranked results.

The graduation rate in Colorado is below the national average, and the national average is below the global average for major nations.

If America is going to compete in the 21st century, and if Colorado is going to be a leader in preparing children to be successful, we must make radical changes.

The Pro-Public Education Perspective

Many professional educators believe the key to improving education is to support teachers and principals with better pay, benefits, and flexibility. Rigorous testing tells teachers that they are not trusted and takes away from valuable teaching time.

The Pro-School Choice Perspective

Our children’s success comes first, funding is not the problem, and if we’re serious about improving outcomes then we need to be serious about reforming the system.

Families are trapped in failing schools simply because of the ZIP code where they live. By expanding school choice, families can choose to enroll their child in a better school. This not only gives the child a higher quality education but also encourages local schools to improve their performance to be more attractive to families.

Solutions

  1. Focus on early childhood reading
  2. Get more parents involved
  3. Providing families the flexibility to choose where to educate their child
  4. Expand programs that equip students with job skills

Reform is necessary, competition is healthy and more options improve the quality of education for all students. It’s up to parents if they want to see increasingly powerful unions limiting choices for students, or if it’s time to put students first and provide other options to help them receive a quality education and pursue their dreams.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container][fusion_builder_container backgroundcolor=”” backgroundimage=”” backgroundrepeat=”no-repeat” backgroundposition=”left top” backgroundattachment=”scroll” video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” bordersize=”0px” bordercolor=”” borderstyle=”solid” paddingtop=”18px” paddingbottom=”9px” paddingleft=”0px” paddingright=”0px” menu_anchor=”” equal_height_columns=”no” hundred_percent=”no” class=”cta-question” id=””][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text]

Which America do you want for your children?

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Key Statistics

  • 82 million Americans are currently enrolled in school. Of those:
    • 6% are in preschool
    • 5% are in kindergarten
    • 40% are in elementary school
    • 21% are in high school
    • 28% are in college or graduate school
  • Of the 211 million Americans over 25:
    • 6% have less than a 9th grade education
    • 8% attended 9th to 12th grade, but don’t have a diploma
    • 28% have a high school diploma
    • 21% went to college, but don’t have a degree
    • 8% have an associate’s degree
    • 18% have a bachelor’s degree
    • 11% have a graduate or professional degree
  • Nationally, about 1,770,000 (or 3%) of students are homeschooled (NCES)
  • Nationally, only 32% of 4th graders are proficient in reading, 26% are proficient in math, 29% in science, and 18% in history.
    • In Colorado, 40% of 4th graders are proficient in reading. 45% are proficient in math.
  • Currently, the U.S. spends approximately $12,000 per year to educate each child in public school. In Colorado, per pupil spending is $6,652.
  • Colorado education by the numbers:
    • 876,999 students
    • 1,824 public schools
    • 33 private schools (enrollment of 9,821)
    • 392 total private, parochial, and independent schools (enrollment of 50,209)
    • 204 charter schools (enrollment of 95,860)
    • 47 innovation schools (enrollment of 22,005)
    • 178 school districts
    • 674 Title I schools
    • 158 charter schools
    • 53,910 teachers
    • 100,349 total staff
    • Average teacher salary of $49,606.31
    • The graduation rate is 76.9%
    • 63% of graduates enroll in college
    • The student-teacher ratio is 17.7
  • Education funding in Colorado is broken down as:
    • 7% federal ($578,233,000)
    • 44% state ($3,670,240,000)
    • 49% local ($4,105,376,000)
    • Total expenditures: $8,743,142,402
  • Private schools students score higher on standardized tests, have more demanding graduation requirements, and send more graduates to college than public schools.
  • Students who have completed at least the 8th grade in a private school are twice as likely as other students to graduate from college. (CAPE)
  • The achievement gap for minority students is narrowed in private schools. According to NCES, minority students in private schools are more than twice as likely to enter four-year colleges than their counterparts in public schools. (CAPE)
  • Globally, our reading literacy rates for 15-year-olds ranks #17, below Japan, South Korea, Finland, Ireland, Canada, Poland, Estonia, New Zealand, Australia, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, France, Norway, and the United Kingdom.
  • Globally, our math literacy rates for 15-year-olds ranks #28, behind South Korea, Japan, Switzerland, Netherlands, Estonia, Finland, Canada, Poland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Australia, Ireland, Slovenia, Denmark, New Zealand, Czech Republic, France, United Kingdom, Iceland, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Italy, Spain, and Slovakia.
  • Globally, our science literacy rates for 15-year-olds ranks #21, behind Japan, , Finland, Estonia, South Korea, Poland, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Austria, Belgium, France, and Denmark.

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