Vote Joyce Rankin for another term on Colorado’s Board of Education for District 3

Editor’s note: This represents the opinion of The Denver Post editorial board, which is separate from the paper’s news operation.

The Denver Post editorial board would like to see what Joyce Rankin can do to push elementary school literacy with another term on the state Board of Education. Rankin, a Republican from Carbondale, has represented the 3rd Congressional District on the board since 2015.

The powers of the board are limited in Colorado where local school districts are rightfully given most control over their curriculum and programs, but one thing the board does have control over is the implementation of state laws like Colorado’s READ Act.

The READ Act was passed in 2012 (Rankin’s husband sponsored a recent revision of the bill in the General Assembly). It requires benchmark testing of students in preschool through third grade to assess literacy skills, with a goal that all students will be reading

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Lack of COVID-19 testing at Colorado’s rural universities epitomizes higher education inequities

Adams State University President Cheryl Lovell is imploring the state — or anyone who will listen — to help connect the rural school with the COVID-19 testing it’s currently unable to afford or access, even as roughly 850 students move onto campus in the midst of a pandemic.

The Alamosa campus, known for serving a sizable population of Hispanic students and other traditionally underrepresented groups, isn’t able to test students, staff or faculty for the new coronavirus, she said.

“Not everyone lives in a metropolitan area of the state where you can find a drive-by testing site almost anywhere,” Lovell said Friday. “Help us reach a population that has been most damaged. Students of color, people of color and low income neighborhoods have been most impacted by COVID, and here’s a chance for someone to make a difference in a meaningful way for a rural community that needs it.”


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