On Tuesday, July 28th, Senate and House Republicans wrote a letter to Governor Polis asking for a special session of the Colorado General Assembly, limited to “developing innovative policies that ensure every child has access to a high quality education, regardless of their unique health circumstances, age, or income level.”
Later that same day, Governor Polis rejected the idea of a special session unless there was consensus on solutions. We are asking the Governor to convene a special session so our lawmakers can begin discussing those solutions.
Today, we see a majority of parents asking for in-person classes to resume, while the school employee union in our state has said they do not support in-person classes resuming. The General Assembly must step up, provide resources, and expand options to give flexibility for all involved. This can only be done through a special session.
One thing is abundantly clear through the COVID-19 pandemic: Parents are facing uncertainty regarding the opening of their children’s schools.
Will our schools open fully?
Will they stay open?
How will our school keep my child safe?
What happens if we go to online-only classes and I don’t have internet access?
What if I’m not comfortable sending my child to class?
What if teachers actually protest and don’t show up?
What if I want in-person education and my district doesn’t offer it?
Parents shouldn’t have to decide between the health and education of their child, nor should they be ignored when they call for leadership. Let’s get our legislators together to find ways to provide resources and opportunities for our parents, students, and teachers, while still respecting local control decisions made by each district.
We don’t seek a top-down approach, but we do seek innovative solutions during a once-in-a-hundred-years pandemic that threatens both the health and futures of Colorado’s next generation.
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telling him that you want our lawmakers to get to work!
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