Advocates for Public Education Policy (A4PEP) is a statewide coalition of individuals and grassroots organizations that works to educate the public and policymakers to ensure that public schools work for all, not just the well-connected.
A4PEP was created in response to concerns about the adverse effects of failed “education reform” policies.
These policies focused more on metrics and performance than on student and teacher needs. They were not tied to the realities of the classroom, but on spreadsheets and equations. They were not rooted in the principles of public education, but the principles of business.
Because of these policies, schools have been closed, students’ learning has suffered, teachers have been devalued.
1. A4PEP has started a series of Zoom forums on topics that need public discussion. We call it our
Challenges and Opportunities Forums.
It is hoped that through our collective intelligence we can stimulate creative ideas that can be used to craft better public education policy.
2. You can now view our second
forum of 30 July on
and the chat notes. Password: p4=7i!C$
3. You can also view our first
forum of 7 June 2020 on
and the chat notes.
4. A4PEP is still pushing for sound education policy during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Read about out advocacy activities on the NEWS AND LETTERS page.
KEEP the PUBLIC in PUBLIC Education
A4PEP works to promote policies that address these concerns about public education in Colorado:
Lack of adequate funding for schools.
Siphoning off of public taxpayer dollars to for-profit education management organizations and private contractors.
Devaluation of the teaching profession through low pay, growing demands, and the hiring of unlicensed teachers.
Reliance on high-stakes testing to measure district, school, and teacher success.
Closure of struggling schools in low-income communities based on the “accountability” system.
Click the button below to donate!
You can also donate by cash/check. Make checks payable to:
A4PEP; P.O. Box 140220
Edgewater, CO 80214
A4PEP is registered with Colorado to solicit and receive charitable donations. Donations to A4PEP are tax-deductible.
Our policy priorities for
* Rethinking accountability, assessment, and teacher evaluation
* Adequate and equitable funding
* Equal access and desegregation
* Quality neighborhood schools
Please note the tab Ravitch Quotes at the top of the webpage. On that page are presenting quotes from Dr. Diane Ravitch's book "The Death and Life of the Great American School System, How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education."
We are presenting quotes from one chapter at time, and have set up a discussion forum to allow us to dig in deeper on each chapter. We will cover the entire book over the course of the next several months.
Our education system is woefully underfunded.
Colorado has one of the lowest per-pupil expenditures and teacher salaries in the nation. That’s why A4PEP advocates for substantial investments in our public schools.
Our public schools are not protected from corporate interests.
In the 2016-2018 elections, promoters of privatization and corporatization spent more than $5 million on campaigns in Colorado. A4PEP works to educate voters about the undue influence of monied interests on education policy.
Our students’ needs aren’t being met.
Colorado’s educational accountability system focuses on achieving test scores, not on an inclusive, engaging, culturally relevant learning environment with caring educators. A4PEP believes that Colorado deserves better.