U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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  • Polis and Mitchell introduce the College Transparency Act of 2017
    Posted in Press Releases on May 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Reps. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Paul Mitchell, R-Mich., introduced the College Transparency Act of 2017 (H.R. 2434) to enable students and families to make more informed choices about education after high school. The College Transparency Act of 2017 will provide actionable and customizable information for students and families as they consider higher education opportunities by accurately reporting on student outcomes such as enrollment, completion, and post-college... Read more

  • Greeley Tribune: Rep. Polis stops at two Greeley schools in education tour
    Posted in Articles on April 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    After touring the Greeley Early College Academy and Salida del Sol Academy on Thursday morning, Rep. Jared Polis said he was impressed by the schools' innovation. "To have the opportunity for high school kids to get an associate degree at the same time as their high school diploma is an enormous benefit," he said of the Early College Academy, 5590 11th St. Polis, a Boulder Democrat, has been rumored as a possible candidate in the crowded field for the Democratic nomination for Colorado governor.... Read more

  • Polis legislation will allow more high school students to earn college credit
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., reintroduced bipartisan legislation to help make college more affordable and accessible by expanding access for high school students to earn college credit. The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA) would provide grants to eligible institutions of higher learning to create dual and concurrent enrollment and early/middle college programs that allow high school students to earn college credits before their high school graduation. “Allow... Read more

  • Polis Named Lead Democrat on Key Education Subcommittee
    Posted in Press Releases on January 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Early today, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), who is known for his extensive background in education, was selected to serve as the lead Democrat on the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee and as a member of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee. “I truly believe that education is the single best investment we can make in the future of our great country,” Polis said. “Every student in America – regardless of zip code or their station in life – has th... Read more

  • Applying for Federal Financial Aid will be Easier and Quicker
    Posted in Press Releases on July 11, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Washington, D.C., July 11, 2016: The House of Representatives approved Rep. Polis’s bill to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) today. The Simplifying the Application for Student Aid Act (H.R.3177) modifies the application process by: ·Allowing students to fill out the FAFSA as early as October, as opposed to January. Students could fill out the early FAFSA using family income tax returns from two years prior, rather than one year prior. ·Making a mobile-version of the ... Read more

  • Polis, Hinojosa, Moore and 100+ Members of Congress urge President Obama to expand access to federal student services for DACA students
    Posted in Press Releases on June 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Education

    Washington, D.C., June 21, 2016: Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-Texas), and Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), along with 110 other members of Congress sent a letter to the Obama Administration urging them to expand access to Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) for students who are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Nationwide, there are over 728,000 DACA residents. Students who participate in TRIO are from low-income families and the first in their famil... Read more

  • Polis Statement on John King Confirmation as Education Secretary
    Posted in Press Releases on March 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) released the following statement on Dr. John King’s confirmation to serve as Secretary of Education. “Throughout his career, Secretary King has shown a commitment to civil rights and a belief that every student deserves a great education, regardless of their background, zip code, or socioeconomic status.” said Polis. “The next year will be a crucial time for students and families as we implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. I’m confident that ... Read more

  • Polis, Peters, Cassidy, Reed Introduce Bill to Improve College Access, Reduce Costs
    Posted in Press Releases on February 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02), Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Tom Reed (NY-23) today introduced bicameral legislation to expand dual and concurrent enrollment programs, which improve higher education access by enabling high school students to enroll in college courses for credit. The bill, entitled the Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act, will provide funding for colleges and universities to develop and expand dual enrollment programs at local high schools. “... Read more

  • An innovative way to expand college access
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 17, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Nearly six years ago, in May 2009, the Colorado state Legislature passed a bill that created rules for concurrent enrollment programs, which allow high school students to take courses for college credit. Last year, 94 percent of school districts in our state participated in this program, with roughly 20,000 Colorado high schoolers taking advantage of the opportunity to work towards a college degree, for free, while in high school. For many of these students, it means getting a head start on thei... Read more

  • Polis Response to the President's State of the Union Address
    Posted in Press Releases on January 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Economy, Labor, Education

    Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02) released the following statement tonight in response to President Obama's final State of the Union address before Congress: "Tonight the President urged Congress to make 2016 a year of action, and I echo that call in the strongest terms possible. "Under seven years of President Obama’s leadership, our nation has made extraordinary progress in several areas – a historic international climate accord, a DREAMer program that has helped over half a million Americans build liv... Read more

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  • Polis and Mitchell introduce the College Transparency Act of 2017

    May 17, 2017

    Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Reps. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Paul Mitchell, R-Mich., introduced the College Transparency Act of 2017 (H.R. 2434) to enable students and families to make more informed choices about education after high school. The Co...

  • Polis statement on Firestone home explosion investigation

    May 02, 2017

    Boulder, Colo.: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement after learning that the April 17th Firestone home explosion was the result of an abandoned gas line that was not sealed properly. “Avoidable. What occurred in Firestone, while de...

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