ABOUT THE COLORADO FORUM

The Colorado Forum was established in 1978 to create an informed, objective voice on critical public policy issues facing the state. Our 65 members are recognized leaders in the business, education, healthcare, media, legal, real estate, energy and non-profit communities and represent disparate regions in the state of Colorado. Forum membership is politically diverse; we are a nonpartisan organization that operates by 100% consensus. More >

 

40th ANNIVERSARY VIDEO

WATCH: Our members discuss their experiences with The Colorado Forum here.

 

Education

Our Perspective

 

Excellent schools and an educated citizenry are important economic drivers for our state. A quality education system is critical to the success of Colorado's children, and is a key element in our ability to attract and retain businesses. In addition to the benefits to the state, members of the Colorado Forum believe that providing every student with access to a high-performing school and the opportunity for an excellent learning experience is a moral imperative. Upon graduation, Colorado high school students must be prepared to enter the work force, engage in an apprenticeship opportunity, or pursue higher education at a reasonable cost.

Funding for education in Colorado has been a significant priority for the Forum but has been complicated by the state's limited ability to raise new revenue to support our schools. With the small amount of new revenue available, we have advanced reforms to achieve strong education outcomes for Colorado's students. We view the achievement gap in our state as a significant issue and have advocated for English Language Learner (ELL) and Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs to narrow this gap. We believe that high standards, including the Colorado Academic Standards and aligned assessments, are critical to improving educational outcomes and ensuring that students are ready for the work force.

 

Our Work

 

We are focused on quality Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs.  Our goal is to promote healthy pregnancies and begin early childhood education at birth with parents and their helpers as first teachers.  We are committed to a robust early childhood program to ensure that Colorado's children are ready to be successful in kindergarten and beyond.  We supported the 2014 ballot initiative to extend the Denver Preschool Program, a program the Forum helped to establish in 2006.  We continue to actively support Colorado school choice and charter schools.