Education policy is a clear dividing line in the Colorado superintendent’s race

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More than most issues, education is the clear dividing line in the color of the presidential race.

  • Gov. Jared Polis is running on his promise to expand kindergarten and preschool, as well as more money in schools as the state saw tax revenues drop.
  • GOP challenger Heidi Ganahl wants parents to invest per-audience spending at the institution of their choice, advocating for private schools embracing competition and transparency.

What does it matter: How voters decide race will have a major impact on the future of the public education system, our partners at Chalkbeat write.

Zoom in: Polis sees a universal prelude to launching in 2023 to 10 hours per week as a response to running challenges. He says it will save money for parents and help improve the state of the worst test scores, albeit for the children’s future.

  • He also points out that he urged schools to reopen as quickly as most states during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Another broad: Ganahl says that 60% of Colorado students can’t read, write or do math at a grade level that separates them from another term.

  • His support for broader school choice comes from personal experience. She moved her two children, one with dyslexia and the other with dysgraphia, to a private school with smaller classes after working in a public school.
  • He also wants to see more parental oversight of what students are taught in classrooms and criticizes what students are taught about transgender people, even repeating transphobic rhetoric about “furries.”
  • His plan to reduce state taxes to zero has an unknown impact on education, but in a recent debate he suggested paying more for teachers in the public purse.

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