U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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  • High-Speed Broadband Access Is Critical to Success of All Students
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 18, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Science & Technology

    Digital learning is no longer the future of education: It is happening right now in schools across our nation. Bringing broadband access to low-income schools and libraries nationwide is an issue that we both feel passionate about. It is an investment not only in the future of our students, but also in our economy and our global competitiveness. Interactive online learning offers an opportunity to provide every child with a highly personalized, equitable, and excellent education. But if we fail ... Read more

  • Public school choice is an asset to improve all schools
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 31, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Every child has his or her own unique learning needs. While some students prefer to read books, others favor hands-on learning experiences or need help to learn English in addition to their first language. Moreover, school quality tends to vary by neighborhood, leaving too many low-income students without any high-quality school options. In Colorado, open enrollment within and across districts allows parents the opportunity to find a school that fits their child's learning style and their family... Read more

  • IN-STATE for Dreamers Act of 2014
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 16, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Education

    Imagine you were brought to the United States as an infant or a young child. You studied and worked hard while attending American schools and learned to read and write in English along with your peers. Like them, this country is the only home you know, and you may not even know you’re undocumented until it’s time to apply to college. Now, imagine reading an acceptance letter to the college of your dreams, only to realize your undocumented status disqualifies you from in-state tuition, making it ... Read more

  • Why I Oppose an Attack on Syria
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 10, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy & Defense

    I have now reviewed the classified materials and nothing I've seen or heard has changed my opinion. I plan to oppose military action in Syria. Read more

  • Partnership to Build America funds U.S. infrastructure the smart way
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 4, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Local Issues

    For any major capital project, like improving our roads and bridges in Larimer County or even creating a train horn quiet zone, financing is always the key to making it work. Read more

  • "Frack" is a Four-Letter Word
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 31, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment, Local Issues

    Recent innovations in oil and gas recovery have led to a boom in natural gas extraction across Colorado. Increased domestic natural gas production is already helping reduce both energy costs and our reliance on foreign oil from unstable regions. Read more

  • Fracking Can Happen to Any of Us
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 28, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment, Local Issues

    For more than a decade now, I have had a small farm and weekend escape near Berthoud, north of Longmont. I really enjoyed having a quiet, private place with pristine acreage about 40 minutes from Boulder. I have grown alfalfa, tomatoes and corn, and I have even raised bees for six years, giving the honey to friends and colleagues every holiday season. Our beautiful country house, with a pond inhabited by turtles and frogs, is a peaceful place for our family. Our two-year old son runs joyfully th... Read more

  • Fight Human Trafficking
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 2, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Foreign Policy & Defense, Local Issues

    Sadly, human trafficking remains an all-too-rampant form of severe exploitation and violence across the world and even here in Colorado. Read more

  • Restoring Latinos' Trust in Police
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 17, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Local Issues

    A report released this week by the University of Illinois at Chicago and PolicyLink should make all of us who are concerned about crime take notice. Read more

  • Local Voices Should Be Heard on Oil, Gas
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 5, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment, Local Issues

    Does living in Colorado -- even on the urbanized Front Range -- mean you have to put up with an industrial process next door? Is the production of natural gas and oil so important that it trumps our time-honored tradition of local control and zoning? Read more

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