With a new education commissioner in place, Senator Josh Penry hopes that a measure he tried to get passed in the last session will be able to move forward next year.
Dwight Jones began his duties as education commissioner on June 1, 2007. In the 2006 Legislative Session, Senator Penry and Representative Rob Witwer sponsored Senate Bill 131, which would have required Colorado high school students to complete four years of math and three years of science to be eligible for graduation.
The measure passed the Senate, but was killed in the house education committee. Penry says that Jones' commitment to making our schools more demanding and a Colorado diploma more meaningful is what the state needs.