In today’s economy, investing in high-quality education that prepares students for the future is a prerequisite for long-term success. As students across Colorado return to school, and as classrooms and notebooks begin to fill up again, it’s a perfect time to talk about how our state’s oil and natural gas industry is working to ensure that strong educational opportunities are a reality for every family.
Here in Colorado, we understand how important it is to ensure the success of our children by providing every opportunity for our communities to grow and thrive. That’s why our oil and natural gas industry is dedicated to helping fund safety measures, infrastructure projects, and new equipment with grants for schools across our state. In fact, a 2014 study by the University of Colorado Boulder reported that our oil and natural gas industry generated $178 million in revenue for Colorado school districts. This extra support from fracking helps provide our students and teachers with the books, supplies and tools they need to learn and excel.
From educators to families, the benefits of fracking to our schools go far beyond helping keep the lights on or powering the school bus. John Barry, former superintendent of Aurora Public Schools, said he supports fracking because it gives students “a fair shot at a brighter future.”
Within any schooling system, it’s important to have resources in place for both students and teachers. Thanks to fracking, our schools can get the resources and upgrades they need to grow and thrive.