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SB 07-053 represents a net opportunity gain for Colorado. It is an important step toward creating an integrated P-16 system of education (pre-kindergarten through college graduation). Such an approach holds the promise of helping the state close its achievement gaps and preparing more students to succeed.
We should fully fund the Colorado Preschool and Kindergarten Program, extend it to all districts, and increase outreach to serve all families in need. We should also help school districts provide the option of full-day kindergarten to those parents who want it. This year, the Legislature took a major step in this direction, but it needs to finish the job.