Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sen. Bennet continues his school improvement tour

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet stopped by two Grand Junction elementary schools Wednesday, continuing a series of education events that will include school and classroom visits and roundtable discussion with teachers, principals, parents and superintendents in Colorado and across the country to hear local ideas on how to improve public schools.

“One of my favorite things about being a superintendent of schools was getting to hear from students and teachers,” Bennet said. “As Congress takes on the vital issue of education, I can think of no better way to inform the conversion on how to improve public education in this country than by going to schools and classrooms and hearing from those who have to live this policy every day. This is where the real work of improving public education will get done, listening to teachers, students, principals and parents and ensuring that well intended policies don’t create barriers to success.”

Bennet stopped by Clifton Elementary School, which is making progress after receiving a grant to help improve student test performance, and later visited Orchard Elementary School, a 2010 U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award winner.

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