An opportunity note in support of House bill 08-1370. This bill represents a net opportunity gain for Colorado. By increasing the number of counselors in our public secondary schools and improving the level of guidance available to students, the bill represents an important step toward closing the state's achievement gaps, reducing the dropout rate, and increasing the number of students who successfully transition to postsecondary educational opportunities and careers.
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Graduating from high school not only marks the beginning of one???s passage to adulthood, it is an increasingly critical milestone on the road to opportunity. A high school diploma represents the successful acquisition of the knowledge and skills needed to function in the working world and to pursue further education and training.
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Leaving school ready to succeed is the next important opportunity gateway. For much of the last century, so long as you were a loyal employee and worked hard, it was possible to get and keep a good paying job that had decent benefits even if you did not have a high school diploma. Those days are gone. Today, the successful completion of high school is virtually indispensable to one???s prospects for success.