Today, Colorado’s application for a Race to the Top education reform grant arrived at the U.S. Department of Education. CEA President Beverly Ingle, Gov. Bill Ritter, Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien and Education Commissioner Dwight Jones announced Colorado is seeking $377 million in Race to the Top funds, which are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
President Ingle gave the following statement on Race to the Top and the Governor’s Executive Order on Educator Effectiveness:
On behalf of the 38,000 members of the Colorado Education Association, I am pleased to support Colorado’s Race to the Top proposal. CEA is committed to improving student achievement and closing the achievement gaps. Highly effective teachers and leaders are the key to this effort.
From the beginning, CEA has been involved in this collaborative effort to transform our schools. As we worked on this grant proposal, it became clear that sound evaluation of teachers and principals was fundamental to what we are trying to achieve. The Governor’s Council on Educator Effectiveness will give us the opportunity to work on this crucial issue and get it right. Our students and educators deserve no less.
CEA looks forward to the ongoing dialogue and collaboration that will result in a fair and transparent evaluation system with highly effective teachers and administrators working together for the benefit of the state’s children.
CEA also submitted a letter of support to Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, on Colorado’s Race to the Top application. The CEA Race to the Top letter is from President Ingle and Executive Director Tony Salazar.