The campaign to defeat Proposition 119 was not through paid advertising
but through the free media.
Below are many of the news articles in 2021 by A4PEP, friends of A4PEP and reporters 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.
1 October, the Denver Post
Former Representative Judy Solano explains Proposition 119 and how it is crafted for purposes other than helping children.
8 October, Greeley Tribune
Don Pearl describes the tax dollars grabbed by Proposition 119 and how it is setup for easy deception.
14 October LaVoz
Manuel Solano Exq. outlines how Proposition 119 both violates Colorado's Constitution and will exclude many Latinos from its services.
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.
19 October, The Aurora Sentinel --
Aurora Councilmember Curtis Gardner explains why Proposition 119 is a bad for Colorado.
22 October, Aurora Sentinel --
Senator Chris Kolker describes the various ways Proposition 119 is not accountable to the public.
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.
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.
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.
November 14, 2021 - PROPOSITION 119 IS DEFEATED BY VOTERS
An 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.