Colorado Legacy Foundation Receives $10.5 Million Investment by the National Math and Science Initiative
(DENVER, CO) – Today the Colorado Legacy Foundation (CLF) announced confirmation of a $10.5 million investment from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to expand the Colorado Legacy Schools Program. The money will expand CLF’s Colorado Legacy Schools program and support 30 Colorado high schools as well as their feeder schools with 3 year grants focused on increasing AP enrollment and achievement in traditionally underserved populations. Colorado is one of only two states NMSI is investing in as part of the i3 award. The Colorado Legacy Foundation believes that increased student achievement for all Colorado students requires effective leaders in every school, effective educators in every classroom, and healthy and engaged students who come to school ready to learn.
“The Colorado Legacy Schools program expands the universe of students who are set up to succeed in careers in math and science,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said. “These kinds of programs bolster performance for all students and help give Colorado an economic edge over other states.”
“Expanding advanced learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for all students is exactly what Colorado needs to ensure that tomorrow’s workforce is ready to meet the demands of tomorrow’s economy,” said Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia. “This is not only the right thing to do for Colorado, this is the right thing to do for Colorado’s children.”
“This program gets results and it gets results for students that too often don’t pursue advanced classes,” said Dr. Helayne Jones, President and CEO of the Colorado Legacy Foundation. “We are honored to have the opportunity to expand Colorado Legacy Schools so that more students can share in the success of this proven program.”
The selected schools will receive funding for teacher training, awards, stipends for teacher time out of the classroom, student study sessions, exam fees, equipment, and supplies. CLF’s overall goal in supporting these schools is two pronged: to spur increased student achievement and develop cultures of supporting teachers and students in a comprehensive approach to AP programs in their schools.
“The Colorado Legacy Foundation has shown a strong commitment to this program through the Colorado Legacy Schools,” said Gregg Fleisher, NMSI’s National AP Training and Incentives Program Director. “We are proud to make this substantial commitment in the expansion of the program. We have every confidence in their continued success.” The National Math and Science Initiative was launched in 2007 by top leaders in business, education, and science to reverse the troubling decline in American math and science education. NMSI is dedicated to dramatically impacting the U.S. public school system by bringing best practices to education and replicating programs nationally that have documented success in math and science education.