UPDATED: Hickenlooper wants to abolish CSAPs

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Updated @ 1:52 p.m. LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) - Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate John Hickenlooper says he'll eliminate the current Colorado Student Achievement Tests to save money and get quicker results that will help students.

The CSAP testing program costs the state about $18 million a year.

Hickenlooper proposed the idea Monday as he unveiled his education policy at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton.

He also promised to close the achievement gap for Hispanic students. They have a 50 percent dropout rate compared with 75 percent for other students.

As Mayor of Denver, Hickenlooper started a preschool program financed by a sales tax increase.

Hickenlooper is promising not to raise taxes for education if elected governor, saying taxpayers have no appetite for it.
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LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) - Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate John Hickenlooper is getting ready to unveil his education policy for Colorado.

He'll be joined by his running mate, Colorado State University-Pueblo President Joe Garcia, at Monday's announcement at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton.

Two years ago as mayor Hickenlooper started a preschool stipend program aimed at improving early education for Denver's education system.

The program was financed by a 0.12 percent increase in Denver's sales tax rate.

Hickenlooper also says higher education is one of the state's most pressing issues next year as federal stimulus funding begins to dry up.
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