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CEA statement on Losing Ground report

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CEA statement on Losing Ground report

DENVER – Colorado Education Association President Kerrie Dallman issues the following statement on Losing Ground, the special report from the I-News Network and Rocky Mountain PBS that examines how black and Latino Colorado residents are falling further behind in many measures of social progress, including education achievement:

 

“The Colorado Education Association applauds the exhaustive effort the I-News Network and Rocky Mountain PBS put into the report Losing Ground, thoroughly examining the gaps that unfortunately still exist between the rich ethnic cultures in our state.  The nearly 40,000 educators in our Association firmly believe the power of diversity makes Colorado a remarkable state, and value public education as a great equalizer in giving all Coloradans the opportunity to succeed. 

Losing Ground, however, finds Colorado has less equality for minorities than in decades past.  The report shows a number of factors outside school play a role in a child's ability to learn, and dramatically illustrates how poverty, broken families, economic collapses and inadequate health care all conspire to hold back too many black and Latino children from reaching their potential as students and citizens.  These trends are unacceptable and must be reversed if we are to prosper as a society.

“I encourage all Coloradans to take a hard look at this groundbreaking report and resolve that we can do more to ensure equal opportunity for all people.  I’d further invite Coloradans to read our Vision for improving education, particularly the need to increase economic investment in our public schools that we believe will go a long way to closing achievement gaps that must be overcome for our minority students.  Colorado should be a leader in educating children and not settle for school funding that continually places our state at the back of the pack.

“CEA stands for equitable public education so every student thrives, and we will work collectively in all communities to build a great public education system that provides our children the best public education possible.” - CEA President Kerrie Dallman

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