CEA welcomes, offers support to Hammond
The Colorado Education Association congratulates Robert Hammond for being named the sole finalist for the Commissioner of Education position by the State Board of Education.
Hammond is serving as the acting commissioner, and previously served as the deputy commissioner among other leadership positions over a 23-year career in school administration.
"Hammond’s service to state education is impressive, and we look forward to working with him to accomplish great things for Colorado children," said CEA President Beverly Ingle.
Ingle noted Hammond will continue to manage several pressing education issues that require thoughtful collaboration with many diverse groups. Among the key priorities are reversing the downward trend of K-12 public education funding, increasing support for students in rural districts and fairly implementing a state-wide educator evaluation system.
"Mr. Hammond is taking on a vitally important responsibility at a critical time to further the growth of all students across the state,” said Ingle. “We wish him the best and will support him and all parties dedicated to delivering the rich, well-rounded 21st century education that all Colorado children deserve.”
“I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Robert over the past few years, and he has always shown a willingness to include the voice of our teachers and support professionals in the decisions that impact student achievement,” added Tony Salazar, CEA executive director. “His collaborative style is well suited to this position, and I look forward to continuing our strong partnership.”