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Meet Barbara

Bill Ritter asked me to join his ticket when he was running for governor in 2006, and it changed my life. I had been working on health and education for Colorado’s kids for sixteen years as the head of the Colorado Children’s Campaign. As Bill said, “Let’s put children and families at the top of the state’s agenda.” We took office in 2007 and got to work.

I co-chaired the Governor’s P-20 Education Council where we modernized academic standards for public education, asked the State Board of Education to make recommendations to districts about the best practices for kindergarten through third-grade, created the Colorado Counselor Corps of 70 new counselors to work in middle and high schools to help them stay in school and become fully prepared for college. Helped lower the cost of vocational training and college by allowing high school students to take community college courses at no cost, eliminated the preschool waiting list for 3,000 co-chaired the Governor’s P-20 Education Council where we modernized academic standards for public education, asked the State Board of Education to make recommendations to districts about the best practices for kindergarten through third-grade, created the Colorado Counselor Corps of 70 new counselors to work in middle and high schools to help them stay in school and become fully prepared for college. Helped lower the cost of vocational training and college by allowing high school students to take community college courses at no cost, eliminated the preschool waiting list for 3,000 high risk children and funded the cost of 22,000 additional children to attend full-day kindergarten — if their school districts and their parents chose to participate.

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