Will You Help Us Fight to

Protect Public Education?

This is who we are fighting for.

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. 

November 14, 2021

A recent editorial in the Denver Post claimed the surprising defeat of Proposition 119 was due to the efforts of a “ragtag crew of former educators” up against “political superstars and over $2.3 million in spending.”  That “ragtag crew” was the board of Advocates for Public Education Policy and YOU, refusing to let big money and big names deter us from exposing the truth.  

 

The editorial failed to give credit to all of you who spread the word and shared in the fight to defeat Proposition 119.  You became part of an army of voters defending public education and pushing back against the privatization and corporatization of our public schools.

 

By growing our organization and working with state and federal legislators, A4PEP is dedicated to advocating for policies that

 

-- push back against high-stakes standardized testing

-- replace punitive and ineffective consequences for struggling schools with proven strategies

-- empower our licensed professional teachers  

-- expose inequities in education law, and support adequate funding for all students.

 

The attacks on public education won’t go away with this one victory. And working to help pass good public education policies will be hard work.  But with your help and kind contributions, A4PEP can reach more people and organizations to join in the fight.

Help us protect public education for these students too.

These too are children we fight for.

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Will you please help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 by making a donation to A4PEP before December 15?

 

We invite you to join A4PEP or renew your annual membership with a contribution of

$50, $100, $200, $400 (or more) online at

 

a4pep.org/donate

 

or by mail at: 

A4PEP, P.O. Box 140220, Edgewater, CO 80214.

 

In return, Advocates for Public Education Policy pledges every day to stand up for public education. With supporters like you by our side we will an even stronger voice for protecting one of the most important foundations of our democratic society; public education for all children.

 

Sincerely,

Judy Solano

Chair of Advocates for Public Education Policy 

www.a4pep.org

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”                    Margaret Mead

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Our policy priorities for

2021

*  Rethinking accountability, assessment, and teacher evaluation

*  Adequate and equitable funding

 

*  Equal access and desegregation

*  Quality neighborhood schools

Please sign up for our notices of news and articles on Colorado public education policies and reforms. 

The daily discussion and posting of current relevant articles to Colorado education policy can be found on our Facebook page.

 

 

A4PEP is asking for your support for a Resolution to be submitted to the 2022 Colorado State Legislature.

Our objective:

Take High-Stakes Testing Out of Colorado Public Schools

Read the full 2020-21 resolution here.

Click for I support the Resolution.

This resolution proposes:

1. The state audit the state’s accreditation and accountability system regarding its intended impact on student learning and success.

 

2. The state eliminate test-based high-stakes accountability, accreditation, and sanctions on districts, schools and educators.

 

3. The state redesign the education accountability system so it is meaningful, relevant, and equitable, and uses the support and resources of community-based solutions.

 

4. The state redesign the accountability system to include multiple assessment tools such as portfolios, projects and performance tasks to measure student growth and individual strengths.

 

5. The state conducts needs assessments of schools and districts, and provide effective community-based support and interventions.

 

6. The state work with the Colorado Department of Education and submit a revised ESSA plan incorporating the above changes.

 

7. The state and Colorado Department of Education suspend CMAS testing for 2020-2021 and following years until audit or research shows that the current accountability system improves student learning and closes the achievement gap.

 

8. The Colorado Congressional delegation promotes legislation that eliminates accountability systems based primarily on standardized testing.

 

9. The Colorado Congressional delegation demands that educational mandates be appropriately funded, including Title I and the Individuals with Disability Education Act.

If you support this resolution,

Sign here to support the resolution.

KEEP the PUBLIC in PUBLIC Education

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.