Bennet Continues Conversations on Improving Public Schools, Preparing Boulder Kids to Compete

Meets with Students, Teachers, Parents on Visit to Whittier International Elementary School

Boulder, CO – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet visited a Boulder elementary school today, continuing a series of education events that will include school and classroom visits and roundtable discussion with teachers, principals, parents and superintendents in Colorado and across the country to hear local ideas on how to improve public schools and prepare all kids to compete in the 21st century economy.  

“At each of these school visits, I’ve met kids who are excited and eager to learn and we have to work to meet their needs,” Bennet said. “To ensure that our kids are prepared for college and to be leaders in the 21st century economy, our schools and school districts need the flexibility to innovate and make decisions they believe are best.  This is where the real work of improving public education will get done, listening to teachers, students, principals and parents and ensuring that well intended policies don’t create barriers to success.”

Bennet stopped by Whittier International Elementary School, Colorado’s oldest continuously operating school and an authorized International Baccalaureate school. At Whittier, Bennet stopped by classrooms and talked with students and teachers. He also held a brown-bag lunch discussion with teachers and administrators to hear their ideas on improving public education and how to fix No Child Left Behind to better address the needs of those who work closest to students.  Bennet plans to use the events to inform conversations about how best to improve public education and to build consensus for reforms that will help revitalize our schools and prepare kids for success. 

The visits are modeled after the approach Bennet took as superintendent of Denver Public Schools, where he scheduled daily meetings with teachers and principals, and members of the community—conversations that helped build consensus and support for the positive reforms he implemented at the district. Bennet believes that the best ideas come from outside of Washington and wants to bring the voices, ideas and aspirations of teachers, principals, parents and students to the U.S. Senate.