September 27, 2017

Issues

Thank you for believing in me two years ago and trusting me to serve as your District 1 School Board representative. In the time since the previous election, we have succeeded in returning respect & civility to the Board, we have stemmed the hemorrhaging of our teachers to other districts with a more competitive compensation structure & respectful work environment, we have opened the new Three Creeks K-8 School & re-opened Rose Stein Elementary, and we have hired a visionary new superintendent. I am proud of what we have accomplished and I want to see Jeffco continue to make progress. My priorities for the next four years are to:

EXPAND EARLY EDUCATION FOR ALL FAMILIES IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

We can’t make headway in closing the achievement gap when we have students starting their academic career two years behind their classmates. All students should have access to effective pre-schools and kindergartens regardless of their economic background.

ADVANCE ALTERNATIVE PATHWAYS FOR OUR GRADUATING STUDENTS

67% of Jeffco graduates don’t go on to graduate from college/university or receive certifications. We need to connect our graduates with pathways leading to the many decent, honorable, high-paying jobs that don’t require a college degree. We will be doing a service not only for our students but also their families, our community, and our economy.

CLOSE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP 

Research demonstrates the greatest indicator of a child’s academic success is the socio-economic status of his/her family. We must close this achievement gap by providing an excellent education tailored to the needs of every child in every school. Only then can all children realize their full potential, breaking the cycle of generational poverty.

CONTINUE TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN GOOD TEACHERS

The student-teacher relationship is the most integral aspect of our children’s academic success.  We must attract & retain the best teachers by maintaining a respectful environment and offering competitive compensation.

If re-elected to the Jeffco School Board, I will work to see that these priorities become reality. I am committed to our students, educators, and community. Please vote for me this November and help Keep Jeffco Moving Forward!

– Brad Rupert, Jefferson County Board of Education