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A4PEP was formed to protect public education.

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. 

Policy priorities for 2022

*  Rethinking accountability, assessment, and teacher evaluation

*  Adequate and equitable funding


*  Equal access and desegregation

*  Quality neighborhood schools




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A4PEP has as its core the belief that our society depends on a well-educated population, which is achieved by putting students’ and teachers’ needs first.  A4PEP was created in response to what students, parents, and educators felt were the adverse effects of failed “education reform” policies overly based on corporate interests.


A4PEP’s assessment of the 2022 session of the State Legislature is that it made fairly good progress on improving public education policies. 


These were A4PEP’s legislative priorities for 2022:


  • Rethinking accountability, assessment, and teacher evaluation

  • Adequate and equitable funding

  • Equal access and desegregation

  • Quality neighborhood schools 


A4PEP’s key principles which form the basis for all of its advocacy are as follows:


A stable, fair, and accessible public education

  • Sustainable public schools.

  • Integrated and inclusive neighborhood schools.

  • Culturally relevant, engaging, and comprehensive curricula.

  • Community-wide, targeted interventions for each child.

  • Transformative parent, family, and community engagement.


The opportunity to have skilled, passionate, caring educators

  • Professionally licensed educators.

  • Educators with high expectations for every student.

  • Educators with cultural competence and deep knowledge of content, pedagogy, and child development.

  • Educators who are effectively prepared, mentored, supported, and retained.


An education system that is responsible to all students

  • Accountability and transparency.

  • Public taxpayer dollars used only for public schools.

  • Community-driven, democratically elected school boards.

  • Multiple measures to gauge student, school, and district progress.


Click here for the bills A4PEP considered for its analysis of the 2022 Legislature in each priority category, with a description of them and an explanation of A4PEP’s opinion on its impact on public education policy

View our discussion with Donald Cohen,

coauthor of

The Privatization of Everything:

How the Plunder of Public Goods Transformed America and How We Can Fight Back

View the discussion here

Click here to view our discussion with the authors of

​School's Choice: How Charter Schools Control Access and Shape Enrollment


By Wagma Mommandi, M.Ed


Dr. Kevin Welner

Wagma Mommandi is a doctoral student in the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder.


Kevin Welner is a professor of education policy at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education and (by courtesy) at the School of Law.


Support our 2022 resolution on accountability.


”Insanity is repeating the same mistakes over and over and expecting different results.“


Our accountability system, adopted in 2009, has failed. High-stakes testing with punitive sanctions imposed on those schools scoring poorly on the mandated standardized tests has not improved student learning, nor has it closed the achievement gap. 


It’s time to stop the insanity of testing over and over, year after year, and expecting different results. it’s time to adopt a system that uses multiple measures for evaluation and provides needed supports to meet the needs of all children.


Please click here to read our 2022 resolution to

redesign the Colorado Education Accountability System and click

2022 Resolution Supporter if you agree.


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