Education Leadership Council seeks feedback on state’s education system

DENVER — Monday, May 21, 2018Colorado leaders are taking a fresh new look at the statewide education system. The effort includes a new survey launched today by Lt. Gov. Lynne and the Education Leadership Council (ELC). Comments and ideas collected in The State of Education survey will inform the development of the ELC’s nonpartisan blueprint and unified vision for the state’s education system, covering the path from early childhood into the workforce.

 

“Our goal is to make sure each child in Colorado has every opportunity to succeed,” said Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne. “That means hearing from Coloradans on how we can best provide students with the right tools for achievement and level the playing field.”

 

The survey is available now until mid-June. Town halls, roundtables, and stakeholder interviews will support the goal of receiving feedback from Coloradans throughout the state. Outreach will continue through early November.

 

“We need to build a 21st century education system that helps all Coloradans compete in today's global economy. The Education Leadership Council can do this by working with stakeholders to create a vision and strategy to make Colorado the ‘State of Education.’ Hearing from people across the state through this survey is a critical step in our process,” said State Representative Bob Rankin. “I'm proud to be a Co-Chair of the ELC.”

 

The ELC is working to create more equitable opportunity for all students in Colorado, prepare students for success in the 21st century workforce and make Colorado “The State of Education” through national and global leadership. The ELC has formally adopted “The State of Education” as the name for the council’s work.

“We are creating a nonpartisan blueprint for education, and we want to incorporate all the good thinking from parents, students, community members, employers and especially educators,” said Education Commissioner and ELC Co-Chair Katy Anthes. “I encourage everyone throughout Colorado to share their ideas and insights so we can work together to make sure today’s students are prepared for tomorrow’s workforce.”

 

Education Leadership Council
Governor Hickenlooper created the multi-stakeholder Education Leadership Council via Executive Order, and tasked the Council with developing a vision for Colorado’s education system and a strategic plan to achieve that vision. The ELC is composed of 25 leaders representing the fields of early childhood, education, business, and government. All members are appointed by the Governor. Lt. Gov. Lynne is an ELC member and the work of the ELC is coordinated out of her office.

 

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