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