The Bell Policy Center offers a hopeful and inclusive vision for Colorado - one grounded in the basic American value of opportunity. We believe Colorado ought to be a state of opportunity for all, regardless of race or economic background - a place where individuals have the opportunity to build better lives for themselves and their families and to participate in the many blessings of democracy.
In this first edition of Colorado: The State of Opportunity, we introduce the Cycle of Opportunity and show how, for most Americans, success requires a series of steps that build on one another and accumulate over a lifetime of effort. We have identified some of the key points in life that are critical gateways to opportunity and highlighted specific indicators to help us understand who is successfully passing through each gateway and who is not.
Although most Coloradans have access to the kinds of opportunities that enable them to get ahead in life, significant health, educational and economic barriers still stand in the way of far too many families, according to a new report, "The State of Opportunity," issued by the nonprofit Bell Policy Center.
Exchanges between readers commenting on the Bell Policy Center's Denver Post commentary on the "Colorado: The State of Opportunity 2005" report and Heather McGregor, Director of Communications at the Bell.
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Colorado is a land of opportunity for many of us ??? a place where those who are willing to work hard and play fair can realize the American Dream. Our task is to extend this promise into the 21st Century.