CEA media release: Colorado Education Association Holds Town Hall with CEA-Recommended Senate Candidate Governor John Hickenlooper

August 18, 2020

Colorado Education Association Holds Town Hall with CEA-Recommended Senate Candidate Governor John Hickenlooper

Hickenlooper unveils his Senate education agenda

DENVER – The Colorado Education Association (CEA) hosted a virtual town hall event last night with CEA-recommended United States Senate candidate, Gov. John Hickenlooper. Over the course of an hour, Gov. Hickenlooper laid out details of his education agenda ahead of the 2020 United States Senate election in a match up with incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner.

“One of the greatest lessons public school educators have learned over the last several months is the need to elect public officials, including to the United States Senate, who are true champions of students, educators and public education,” said high school counselor and CEA President Amie Baca-Oehlert. “Educators have lived the consequences of elected officials unwilling to act or who act by putting corporate profits over students.”

“As Educators, for nearly four years now, we have seen first-hand what a lack of commitment to public education and our students looks like as Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos slashed billions of dollars from our public schools and divert funding into unaccountable and oftentimes discriminatory private schools. Over the last several months, rather than working to get COVID under control and working on a plan to reopen schools and campuses when it is safe to do so, Trump and DeVos have tried to bully students and educators back into unsafe classrooms. And sadly, during this crisis, Sen. Cory Gardner has done nothing to stand up for Colorado’s students, parents, and educators. That is why it is so critical that Colorado voters reject Donald Trump, Betsy DeVos, and Cory Gardner this fall – by electing Joe Biden as president and sending John Hickenlooper to the U.S. Senate,” said NEA President-elect Becky Pringle.

Some of Gov. Hickenlooper’s education agenda includes:

  • Investing in early childhood learning by ensuring universal access to early childhood education and preschool;
  • Strengthening our K-12 system by giving schools the resources they need to reopen safely;
  • Invest in public schools, investing in educators, and supporting community schools;
  • Promoting equity in education by ending the school-to-to prison pipeline, strengthening support for English language learners, fulfilling our commitment to adequately fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and protecting the civil rights of LGTBQ students, and;
  • Making higher education more accessible by addressing college affordability, supporting equal access to a college degree, strengthening transitions to college and the workforce, and preparing students for careers in renewable energy.

“Gov. Hickenlooper’s vision for improving public education begins to address the anti-public education reform policies that have exacerbated educational inequities amongst students, and  increased the teacher shortage crisis across the country,” added Baca-Oehlert. “Educators are not willing to stand idly by when the consequences are so high for our students. Our 39,000 members believe in the hope of a new day and we will be voting in November to flip the US Senate and to roll back the failed education policies of Trump and DeVos by supporting John Hickenlooper for US Senate.”

Last month, the CEA Fund voted to recommend former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper for the United States Senate over incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner in the November general election.

About the Colorado Education Association
The Colorado Education Association is a membership-based organization that represents 39,000 Colorado educators. The CEA promise to our students and communities is that the members of the Association will lead the way in guaranteeing every student access to the best public education. By working collectively with all education stakeholders, we will provide the best public education for every student and assure Colorado’s standing as an excellent state in which to learn, live, work, and raise a family.