U.S. Representative Jared Polis


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  • Charter Schools: We Want to Break Through the Partisan Gridlock
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 8, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    As strong advocates for parental school choice, we were pleased that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was open to learning about the tremendous opportunities that charter schools can offer students and families. His decision to allow continued access to high-quality charter school options will ensure that the best curriculum, programs and school performance guide where parents enroll their children in school, not their ZIP code. Nationally, this debate is alive and well within and between our ... Read more

  • Two Democrats for Charter Schools
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 20, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Regarding Peggy Noonan's "The Ideologue vs. the Children" (Declarations, March 8): We urge Mayor Bill de Blasio to reconsider his course of action to close and stop the expansion of high-performing charter schools in New York City. During his campaign, candidate de Blasio promised to work to reduce income inequality for New York City residents and we applaud his commitment on this critical issue. Too many of our low-income children have been sent to unsafe, under-achieving schools that do little... Read more

  • A Quick Fix for the Economy and Job Creation
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 26, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Your neighbors have lived in their home for years. Their kids grew up with your kids, you’ve shared barbecues and block parties and you see them in church every Sunday. And now Immigration and Customs Enforcement vehicles surround the house, sirens blaring, as your children watch out the windows, confused, frightened and concerned about what their friend’s dad did wrong. Unfortunately this scenario plays out all too often across our nation as innocent, hardworking de facto Americans fall victim ... Read more

  • 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

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