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A4PEP Advisory Committee

John Myers

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John L. Myers is an education policy consultant. He has worked with state policymakers in all 50 states on a range of State Education policy issues. His focus is on state school finance equity and adequacy. Myers expertise is in school funding formulas, teacher quality issues, education governance and community education policy. He has been a State Legislator, a Governor’s Policy Director and the Education Program Director for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Myers is a fellow at the National Education Policy Center and assists the Price of Opportunity project.

Don Perl

Don Perl holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Masters Degree in Teaching Spanish.  He has taught for 20 years in the public schools of Colorado and 16 years at the University of Northern Colorado.  Keenly aware of society’s inequities, he has raised his voice for the underserved in countless ways.  

Jan Tanner

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Jan Tanner is a public education advocate.  She has been a PTA member for almost thirty years where she learned the importance of advocacy.  She was elected to the Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Directors in 2006 and served until 2015.  She served as a Director of the Colorado Assn. of School Boards 2007-2015 and was the Board President in 2014.  She was asked to be an Advisory Committee member for A4PEP in 2020 and is proud to support their work.

Lorenzo Trujillo

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Lorenzo A. Trujillo has a long history as an educator and advocate of children, youth and families.  He served as the Executive Director of Humanities in Jefferson County Public Schools throughout the 1980s and, in Adams County Public School District 14 from 1996-2004, as a Principal of an alternative high school and In-House Legal Counsel for Truancy.  In 2004, he became the Assistant Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School.   In 2007, he served the Colorado State Legislature in chairing and co-authoring the Trujillo Commission of Online Education.  His policy work in education led him to a task force of the U.S. Senate where he addressed Education of Latino Youth: Early Childhood Education, K-12, Access to Higher Education, and the Dream Act.  His work as an attorney was pivotal in addressing attempts to commandeer language equity and access of non-English speaking children in our schools resulting in two favorable decisions by the Colorado Supreme Court and making sure children are tested in their primary language in academic subjects in proceedings involving the U.S. Office of Civil Rights and Department of Education.  Dr. Trujillo’s work on truancy, suspension, and expulsion procedures in the schools resulted in statewide adoption of intervention policies and statutory revisions to keep our K-12 youth in schools.

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