About Great Education Colorado

Our Vision

Through public education, every Colorado student — regardless of their zip code, learning needs, language, identities, or the color of their skin — graduates prepared to lead their best life.

Our Mission

Great Education Colorado harnesses the power of grassroots activism and diverse, inclusive networks to guarantee that public schools in every Colorado community are welcoming and adequately, equitably, and sustainably funded.

Our History

Great Education Colorado began in a Denver living room filled with parents sharing concerns about the chronic under-funding of public education that was affecting students’ educational experiences, civic and community unity, and economic prosperity. We have since grown to be a well-respected source of information and conduit of public input to the voters, legislature and state leaders on issues concerning honest, equitable and fully funded public education.

Current Activities

Raising Public Awareness

Schedule a Presentation and Great Ed will come to your school, community organization or event and provide an opportunity to have a dialogue with your community on why quality education is the foundation of individual opportunity, community vitality and a prospering economy.

Education Funding Resources

Our Resources, Frequently Asked Questions and Statistics pages answer pressing education investment questions and provide accessible and in-depth context to Colorado’s education funding crisis. Great Ed also keeps a close eye on where Colorado stacks up compared to the rest of the country on our Statistics page.

Connecting You with Your Legislators

Great Ed gives public supporters easy ways to help their legislators understand the importance of investing in Colorado's classrooms. Through online actions and petitions, legislator school tours, and face-to-face meetings in the Capitol, Great Ed supporters have the tools, training, and support to be effective advocates for Colorado's students.

Partnering for Collective Impact

Because so many statewide and community organizations share Great Ed's vision of well-supported teachers, schools and students colleges, Great Ed creates and staff coalitions, giving partner organizations efficient and effective ways to act together for better funding. For instance, the Great Schools, Thriving Communities coalition was launched in 2016 and is a continuing coalition that advocates together at the ballot and the capitol. And through the Every Student Welcome Network, Great Ed is co-creating a space where organizations and individuals can collaborate to promote and protect public education at the local and state levels.

Colorado School Stories Project

Through the Colorado School Stories Project (a video catalog of more than 250 interviews with educators, parents and students from around the state), Great Ed continues to shine a light on the price that Colorado’s students are paying for our state’s failure to invest in their future.