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ENG: Jared Schutz Polis (born Jared Polis Schutz May 12, 1975) is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and U.S. Representative for Colorado's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Polis and his life partner, Marlon Reis, are the parents of a son, Caspian Julius, born on September 30, 2011, making Polis the only openly gay member of Congress who is a parent. Early life, education and career Polis is the son of Stephen Schutz and Susan Polis Schutz. He attended the La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Princeton University. Business career Polis has founded a number of companies and is one of the 10 richest members of the United States Congress estimated ...
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Polis Calls on Congress to End Marijuana Prohibition

Speaking alongside industry advocates, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) called Wednesday for Congress to end the prohibition on marijuana, stressing the need to reduce drug violence while hailing the medical cannabis market's capacity for growing the economy. "Ending the failed policy of prohibition with regard to marijuana will strike a major blow against the criminal cartels that are terrorizing Americans and Mexicans on both sides of the border," Polis said at the National Press Club, in response to a question from Raw Story. "It's been estimated that the drug cartels drive about half of ...

Jared Polis has ideas for closing federal budget gap

Although the so-called Gang of Six's proposalfor averting debt-ceiling catastrophe is getting the lion's share of attention right now, Representative Jared Polis has floated some revenue-raising ideas of his own, which the media has largely winnowed down to this: Legalizing marijuana would help close the budget gap. But if that shortchanges some of his other notions, Polis's spokesman isn't complaining. "You can't really blame the media for focusing on a controversial issue when you raise a controversial issue," says Polis communications director Chris Fitzgerald. "If it brings attention to ...

Polis Announces Birth Of Son

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) is a proud father of a newborn baby, making him the first openly gay parent in the U.S. Congress. On Friday, Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, sent out an announcement about the arrival of their son, Caspian Julius, who is 8 pounds, 12 ounces. "Baby and parents are doing well, baby has learned to cry already! No gifts please, just nice thoughts for Caspian, humankind, the planet, and the universe!" read the announcement. Polis and Reis have declined to comment on whether it was a surrogate pregnancy or an adoption. “We are so thrilled for the congressman ...

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Two Democrats for Charter Schools
Regarding Peggy Noonan's "The Ideologue vs. the Children" (Declarations, March 8): We urge Mayor Bill de Blasio to reconsider his course of action to close and stop the expansion of high-performing charter schools in New York City. During his campaign, candidate de Blasio promised to work to reduce income inequality for New York City residents and we applaud his commitment on this critical issue. Too many of our low-income children have been sent to unsafe, under-achieving schools that do little to help them reach their full potential and escape the debilitating cycle of poverty. While many public schools in low-income neighborhoods are preparing their students well, it is fundamentally unfair and frankly inexcusable that some children are relegated to chronically underperforming schools just because of their families' neighborhood and financial situation. It doesn't have to be this way. Public charter schools are changing what is possible for all children, particularly low-income, m
Polis, Payne Introduce Legislation to Improve Teacher Training and Evaluation Practices
Representatives Jared Polis (CO-02) and Donald Payne Jr. (NJ-10) today introduced the Great Teaching and Leading for Great Schools Act, which would improve teacher and principal quality across the country by investing in evidence-based best practices for professional learning. The bill ensures that educator and principal evaluation systems are meaningfully connected to opportunities for teachers and principals to collaborate, lead, and grow in their professional practice. The Great Teaching and Leading for Great Schools Act revamps Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to focus on evidence-based best practices in teacher and principal training, evaluation, and support. In particular, the bill advances a new definition of professional development that will allow for collaborative team-based learning multiple times per week. The bill also invests in the capacity of principals, assistant principals, and teacher leaders to evaluate and provide professional learnin
Polis to Colleagues: Ever think Attorney General Holder’s March Madness bracket looked a lot like yours?
Today, U.S. Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) sent a letter to his colleagues urging them to join the 184 bipartisan cosponsors of the Email Privacy Act and protect their “March Madness” brackets from unwarranted government intrusion.  Under the existing Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which was written in 1986, the government may seize e-mail and other digital communications without a warrant provided the emails have been opened or are over 6 months old. “It defies common sense that emails should be less protected than postal mail,” wrote Representative Polis. “The Electronic Communications Privacy Act was written in 1986, long before Gmail and Facebook. Stop the madness, cosponsor the Email Privacy Act!” The legislation is sponsored in the Senate by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and has been gaining support from Democrats in the House, with nearly 60 cosponsors. The full text of the letter is below: Dear Colleague: Ever think Eric Holder’s March
Polis Congratulates CU-Boulder on $172,290 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
Representative Jared Polis (CO-02) today congratulated the University of Colorado-Boulder and project director J. Andrew Cowell on their receipt of a $172,290 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to document the endangered Arapaho language in a database and dictionary. “Preserving historically important languages, such as Arapaho, is critical to honoring the Native American heritage and spirit that is present throughout Colorado,” said Representative Polis. “The Arapaho Project at CU has done a tremendous job documenting the many customs and traditions of a tribe that was one of the largest in the State, and these funds will help ensure that this work honoring the Arapaho’s will be able to continue.” It is estimated that less than 500 people still speak Arapaho, virtually all of whom are over 50. The Arapaho lived throughout eastern and central Colorado, including along the Front Range urban corridor.

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