In order to create a better life for ourselves and our families, we need to be able to seize opportunities. During this upcoming state legislative session, Colorado lawmakers have a chance to improve lives — especially those who feel held back by bad public policy — by reforming three policies that are currently closing off opportunity to thousands of Coloradans: education, occupational licensing, and the state’s construction defects law.
A quality education is the gateway to prosperity, yet Colorado’s public school system is currently failing far too many students. Just look at graduation rates: During the 2014-2015 school year, Colorado’s high school graduation rate was six percentage points lower than the national average at 77 percent. But for Hispanic students in the state, that number is even lower – only 68 percent of Hispanics graduated. And while Colorado is among the top 10 states with the largest Hispanic populations, it remains in the bottom 10 for Hispanic high school graduation rates.