Colorado

Lost Opportunity 50 State Report

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2009-09-23
Type: 
Report

In Lost Opportunity: A 50 State Report on the Opportunity to Learn in America, the Schott Foundation for Public Education establishes a metric for determining the opportunity to learn for students. Providing a state-by-state comparison of both academic proficiency (percentage of students scoring at or above proficient on the eighth grade NAEP reading exam) and equity (as measured by the Schott Foundation’s Opportunity to Learn Index, or OTLI), Lost Opportunity identifies the four baseline minimum resources that are necessary for a child – regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status – to have a fair and substantive Opportunity to Learn.

In the United States, every student should have the equal right to a high-quality education.  But as our most recent data demonstrates, for far too many students, quality and equity are aspirations, not realities.  Few states are providing public school educations that result in academic proficiency for students.  And even fewer states are providing access to a high-quality education to all students, particularly those from historically disadvantaged groups.

How Colorado Organizers Won School Discipline Reform

Posted on: Monday December 8th, 2014

After five successful campaigns for district- and state-level change, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos and the Advancement Project have released an invaluable case study of how they built the movement for school discipline reform in Colorado – and how advocates across the country can replicate their success.

In the past decade and a half, Colorado has become a leader in the national school discipline reform movement thanks in large part to the organizing work of Padres & Jóvenes Unidos (PJU) and the Advancement Project.

Huge Drop in Suspensions and Expulsions in Colorado

Posted on: Wednesday April 16th, 2014

After years of organizing work, advocates in Colorado won statewide school discipline reform in 2012. Padres & Jovenes Unidos, the leading voice behind the new law, has released a report card detailing the law's success during its first year. 

The parents of Padres & Jovenes Unidos have been a leading force in the school discipline reform movement in Colorado.

Winning Justice at School: Part 1 - Padres y Jovenes Unidos

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2013-07-31

Padres y Jovenes Unidos, a Denver-based OTL ally, successfully pushed for legislation limiting the role of police in schools. The group was featured in a video series by the Public Interest Projects' Just and Fair Schools Fund, which profiles groups across the country who are making real headway in the fight to end harsh discipline policies and the school-to-prison pipeline.

Padres y Jovenes Unidos, a Denver-based OTL ally, successfully pushed for legislation limiting the role of police in schools. The group was featured in a video series by the Public Interest Projects' Just and Fair Schools Fund, which profiles groups across the country who are making real headway in the fight to end harsh discipline policies and the school-to-prison pipeline.

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2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-07-09
Organization: 
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Type: 
Data
Category: 
Early Care and Education

The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the United States. In addition to ranking states on overall child well-being, the Data Book ranks states in four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.

An Education Declaration to Rebuild America

Posted on: Friday June 14th, 2013

Every revolution needs a declaration. Against a backdrop of surging grassroots discontent with how the nation's K-12 public schools are currently governed, a diverse coalition of leaders from across the country have joined in support of "An Education Declaration to Rebuild America."

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Diverse Education Network Rejects 30 Years of Failed Policy,
Calls for New Direction Based on Research, Equity & Supports

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Health Equity Key to Ensuring Kids Ready for Class

Posted on: Friday June 14th, 2013

Gerry Cobb, Director of State Services, BUILD Initiative

The BUILD Initiative recently invited teams from eight states across the country to participate in a two-day “mock grant opportunity" focused on developing state-level plans to eliminate disparities in young children's access to health services. Ensuring all students are healthy and ready for school is a key part of closing the opportunity gap in education.

This post originally appeared on the BUILD Initiative's website. BUILD works to encourage public investments in early learning and services that support children both in and outside the classroom. 

Ending Suspensions Is a Team Effort

Posted on: Monday June 3rd, 2013

In an inspiring display of cross-sector collaboration, the New York City School-Justice Partnership Task Force has released an action plan for NYC officials to reduce the use of suspensions, summonses, and arrests by building common cause between different agencies and communities and implementing positive discipline strategies.

Cross-Sector Advocates Release Action Plan for Reducing Suspensions in NYC
Highlights Positive Discipline Strategies from Across the Nation

CO Supreme Court Punts Fair Funding Issue to Legislature

Posted on: Wednesday May 29th, 2013

Advocates in Colorado lost an eight year legal battle over the state's inequitable funding system this week when the CO Supreme Court ruled that the state's funding system was constitutional, overturning a trial court's finding that the system was not only unconstitutional but "fundamentally broken."

Advocates in Colorado lost an eight year legal battle over the state's inequitable funding system this week when the CO Supreme Court ruled that the state's funding system was constitutional, overturning a trial court's finding that the system was not only unconstitutional but "fundamentally broken."

The "Dirty Dozen": How Charters Influence Enrollment

Posted on: Wednesday May 29th, 2013

Proponents of charter schools and charter expansion consistently overlook serious issues with how these schools can selectively shape their student enrollment. A report from the National Education Policy Center describes 12 practices that charter schools use to push out or discourage enrollment of students with special needs, those with low test scores, English learners, or students in poverty.

Charter schools get a lot of hype in our nation's education debate, yet proponents of charter expansion consistently overlook serious issues with how these schools can selectively shape their student enrollment.

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