Our children deserve to learn in an environment that nurtures their growth and wholeness.
OUR NORTH STAR
Every child deserves a quality education and the support they need to prepare them for college or a career. All students should have the freedom, the ability, and the right to thrive.
- Your zip code shouldn’t determine your future. All students must have equal access to attend a high quality school that is the best fit for them.
- Schools need autonomy with accountability so they have the flexibility to make the important decisions necessary for their school.
- Transportation should not be a barrier. Students should be able to get to the school of their choice, be able to participate in after-school programs, internships, or other community activities without having to choose between eating that day or buying a bus pass.
- Colorado’s economy is thriving, but our schools are struggling. We need adequate and equitable funding for our students and our schools.
We cannot look at simply reforming the education system, but need to look at education as part of a whole. Educational outcomes are also impacted by health care, wages, paid sick leave, mass incarceration, and deportation policies. These systems have never served certain students well. We need to transform the systems to truly provide our children with the opportunities they deserve.
Transportation shouldn’t prevent our students from getting to the school of their choice or accessing extracurricular, extended-day or post-secondary activities.
Leaders successfully organized for a Success Express shuttle in Denver’s Near and Far Northeast region. The Success Express, the first district shuttle bus system, dramatically increased the number of students with access to school transportation, improved attendance and truancy rates, provided cost savings for parents, the district and schools, increased flexibility for parents and support for the school choice system.
RTD Youth Pass
We are now organizing for a RTD Youth Pass that is free for youth riders 12 and under, and provides fares and passes at a 70% discount for youth 13-19 years old, or if they are still enrolled in a public school. A discounted youth pass would provide students in eight counties attending more than 14 different school districts better mobility to get to school, their jobs, and extracurricular activities. Even with a 70% discount, youth would still pay a significant amount for their mobility. Buying a monthly pass for an entire year would cost a youth more than $410 annually for a local pass and more than $680 for a regional pass.
Colorado’s investment in education is lagging behind other states. We rank near the bottom in personal income invested in education. Education funding has not recovered from the recession: In the 2017-18 school year alone, Colorado schools were underfunded by nearly $830 million.
Great Schools, Thriving Communities
The Great Schools, Thriving Communities campaign was inspired by a diverse and inclusive coalition of education-connected organizations working to advance better and more equitable funding of public schools through a ballot initiative in 2018.
Together Colorado is currently collecting signatures for the Great Schools, Thriving Communities ballot initiative! Please contact Felipe Vieyra, [email protected] to pick up a petition and help fund our schools. Find petition gathering resources under our Resources tab below.
Weighted Student Funding
Together Colorado successfully advocated for a more equitable funding formula for Denver Public Schools. Schools serving students with higher needs get additional financial support so teachers and principals can ensure all students achieve their highest academic potential.
Leaders successfully organized with students, parents, and partners to pass in-state tuition for thousands of Colorado’s undocumented students. After a ten-year organizing battle, SB13 - Colorado ASSET (Advancing Students for a Strong Economy Tomorrow) passed the legislature with bipartisan support and was signed into law on April 29th, 2013
What zip code you are born in shouldn’t determine your future. We support equal access to high quality schools while allowing those schools the flexibility to make decisions necessary for their schools.
School Choice Form
Together Colorado leaders worked with Denver Public Schools to ensure there was one form that would work to apply to any school in DPS, rather than 50 different forms with different deadlines. Denver is currently the only city where charter schools are part of this same process. A singular school choice form cut red tape and made it easier on families to apply.
Innovations Act of 2008
Together Colorado helped to write and implement the 2008 Innovations Act, which granted schools more autonomy at the district and state levels. Schools across the state can apply for innovation status allowing them more autonomy in hiring, budgeting, and scheduling.
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We desire a merciful, rehabilitative justice system that maintains the hope and human dignity of every person.
We desire a moral and communal economy based on the infinite value of human beings, not material objects.
We have a moral obligation to provide equal access to affordable health care for all people.