Speaker discusses education reform

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Luke Ragland, Vice President for Policy at Colorado Succeeds, visited members of the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce Monday to teach residents about education reform.

In 2010 Colorado passed a tenure reform as a way to evaluate teachers and hold them accountable for student growth, which is planned to be implemented this year.

Another point of discussion was school choice. 11% of students go to charter schools in the state and there is a big push to equalize funding so more money goes into the classroom.

And after Amendment 66 was shot down in the state last fall, there is still more than a billion dollars in the state education fund with hundreds of millions up for spending. A decision on how that will be spent to benefit student growth is being debated.


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