Lieutenant Governor Barbara O’Brian

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Nominated By: Zenaido Camacho

Lt. Gov. O’Brien chairs Colorado’s team for competing for the U.S. Department of Education Race to the Top funding for education reform. She also serves as co-chair for Colorado’s P-20 Education Committee, appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter to recommend changes in Colorado’s preschool through post-secondary education system in order to position it for the 21st Century. Since 2007, the committee has proposed numerous changes in state policy including creating an educator identifier for the data system, revising all content standards from preschool through post-secondary, extending the student identifier to young children in publically funded early childhood education programs, creating statewide, full day kindergarten, expanding preschool for the most at-risk children, creating a fund to support district level alternative teacher compensation plans, improving data systems, standardizing alternative teacher licensure, and many others.

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