Proposition 119 Was Defeated

701,467 (45.75%) Yes

831,668 (54.24%) No


Proposition 119, (Initiative 25) (Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress (LEAP) Program)

This initiative is vague and overly broad. While it proposes to provide after-school learning opportunities for children, it does nothing to address the underfunding of our public schools, but instead takes money away from public school finance and opens the door for the private sector to tap into critically needed public education funding. It would create an independent, unregulated organization with no oversight, public input, or recourse for mismanagement or fraud.

See our position paper on Proposition 119.


Proposition 120 Was Defeated

652,380 (42.96%) Yes

866,194 (57.04%) No

  • Proposition 120, (Initiative 27) (Property Tax Assessment Rate Reduction and Voter-Approved Revenue Change)

This ballot proposal would reduce the residential property tax assessment rate from 7.15% to 6.5% and the non-residential property tax assessment rate from 29% to 26.4%.  To make up for the lost property tax revenue to school districts, the measure would require an increase in state expenditures by at least $257.7 million per year beginning in budget year 2022-23.  The measure would result in cuts to many state programs and services. 

See our position paper on Proposition 120.


Amendment 78 Was Defeated

646,979 (43.03%) Yes

856,703 (56.97%) No


  • Amendment 78, (Initiative 19) (Requirements for Spending Custodial Money)

Initiative 19 would transfer the power to appropriate “custodial funds” (money received by the state that is provided for a particular purpose that originated from a source other than the state taxes ) from the executive branch (Governor, State Treasurer, and heads of departments and agencies) to the State Legislature. Because the Legislature is in session only 120 days of the year, this amendment would lead to a disruption of services or federal payments.  In order to access custodial funds in a timely manner, the part-time Legislature would have to be called back into numerous special sessions at a cost of $25,000/day; otherwise, the money in the custodial fund would remain inaccessible and unspent until the following January when the Legislature would reconvene.

See our analysis of Amendment 78

Advocates for Public Education Policy supported HB21-1295

This bill concerned the reasons a school district could reject a charter school's initial application or renewal and that the charter school must address those reasons in its appeal to the State Board of Education.

We believe that current law fails to address the fact that charter schools can have a negative impact on traditional public schools, especially those in declining enrollment districts.

We support the proposed requirement that the success of existing schools and the fiscal health of the school district should be an integral part of a charter application.

Read HB21-1295 and our Position Paper.

Status:  House Committee on Education Postpones this bill Indefinitely

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A4PEP Supported:

Audit of State Accountability/Accreditation System HB21-1294

Colorado's current public education accountability system was adopted over a decade ago with the intent that it lead to improved student's test scores.  HB21-1294 asks for an audit of this accountability system to determine if it has done as intended. 

Read HB21-1294 and our Position Statement.

Status:  Passed and signed by the Governor.

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Proposition 119 (Ballot Initiative 25)

Defeated: 701,476 for and 831,668 against.


Proposition 119, Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress (L.E.A.P.) Program, is a corporate grab for education tax dollars dressed up as mom and apple pie. Don’t support it.

Proposition 119 proposes to do good things for children by funding after-school programming, but it proposes to create an independent, unregulated organization within the Colorado Department of Education with no oversight, public input, or recourse for mismanagement or fraud.

To help you understand the flaws in this bill Advocates for Public Education Policy has done an analysis of the ballot initiative and issued a Position Statement.

You can also read the text of the ballot initiative and the Legislative Council’s Fiscal Summary.

Status:  Defeated at the ballot box.

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Proposition 119 has been defeated

701,476 votes Yes

831,668 votes No

Many news articles and individuals contributed to the defeat of Proposition 119

Many news articles have been published agreeing with A4PEP's opposition that Proposition 119 is badly flawed.  Read our analysis and the articles below for more information.

See also our position papers on Proposition 120 and Amendment 78.


Read our analysis of the many reasons to reject this proposition.

View our PowerPoint covering the flaws in Prop. 119


27 September Westword

In Thomas Mitchell's article Proposition 119 is described as a band aid, not a fix for school under-funding, and that returning to a five day a week school is better than a one-hour after-school dance class.

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1 October, the Denver Post

Former Representative Judy Solano explains Proposition 119 and how it is crafted for purposes other than helping children.

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8 October, Greeley Tribune

Don Pearl describes the tax dollars grabbed by Proposition 119 and how it is setup for easy deception.

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14 October  LaVoz

Manuel Solano Exq. outlines how Proposition 119 both violates Colorado's Constitution and will exclude many Latinos from its services.

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15 October, Channel 9 --

Channel 9 had a discussion of Proposition 119. 
See the video of the presentation.

You can also read the text of the show.


17 October, The Colorado Springs Gazette --

Former Senator Michael Merrifield describes the bag of tricks Proposition 119 uses to divert state money while not serving many students promised services. 



19 October, Summit Daily --

Judy Solano, former Colorado Representative, addresses problems with Proposition 119 including the clause that shields the organization from lawsuit.

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19 October, The Aurora Sentinel --

Aurora Councilmember Curtis Gardner explains why Proposition 119 is a bad for Colorado. 

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22 October, Aurora Sentinel --

Senator Chris Kolker describes the various ways Proposition 119 is not accountable to the public. 

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23 October, Colorado Politics --

Paula Noonan explores the individuals and big money that has put Prop. 119 on the ballot and funding the media blitz promoting it.  Read more


24 October, Durango Herald --

Lee Stopher describes problems with Proposition 119 and explains how we can do better.

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27 October, The Colorado Springs Gazette, L.L.C.  --

Sen. Julie Gonzales (D) from Colorado’s 34th District, majority caucus chair of the Colorado Senate Democrats and Sen. Chris Holbert (R), Republican minority leader from Colorado’s 30th District explain significant problems with Prop. 110. 

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28 October, The Greeley Tribune  --

The Latino Coalition of Weld County guest column explains why Prop. 119 is not the answer to the needs of our children. 

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