What We've Done

We are committed to making sure every child in our state has access to quality public schools that will prepare them for their future. Since our office’s founding in 2009, we’ve achieved numerous victories that put us closer to that goal.

Improving Literacy

  • During the 2012 legislative session, Stand worked in the coalition that advocated for the passage of the READ Act -- a bill that will ensure Colorado's struggling readers will get the support they need to improve their literacy skills before it's too late.
  • In 2016, Stand released Improving Early Literacy in Colorado: Realizing the Promise of the READ Act which outlines specific recommendations to the Colorado Department of Education and the State Board of Education on how to improve early literacy in our state and support educators teaching young readers.
  • In 2017, Stand released The State of Literacy in Colorado. The report analyzes the most recent student achievement data on a variety of measures and identifies gaps in implementation and student outcomes that if closed could have a profound impact on improving Colorado’s literacy rates.

Higher Academic Standards and Smarter Tests

We strongly support the implementation of Colorado's Academic Standards and aligned assessments. For the last several years we have successfully defeated multiple attempts at the legislature to roll back the work of Colorado educators implementing the standards and utilizing the new tests in their classrooms.

Developing Great Teachers and Leaders

We played a critical role in the 2010 campaign to pass Senate Bill 191, the Great Teachers and Leaders Law, which provides teachers and principals with meaningful annual evaluations, based on multiple measures to support their continuous growth. We continue to closely monitor implementation of this foundational legislation.

Great Local Schools in Southwest and West Denver

  • Since 2013, we’ve led the call on Denver Public Schools (DPS) to address low-performing schools in Southwest and West Denver. As part of this work, Stand parents and staff knocked on the doors and gathered more than 1,000 petitions from parents and community members who demanded a change in Southwest Denver schools and mobilized parents to take action.
  • In 2010, we led a campaign in Far Northeast Denver to call for DPS to address low-performing schools in this part of the city. We built community demand to turn around six of the state’s lowest performing schools in Far Northeast Denver.
  • Stand secured sustainable funding for facilities, high-quality early childhood education programs, classroom technology, and more for Denver Public Schools by helping pass a bond and mill levy. We also helped pass a mill levy to provide more Aurora Public Schools students with great teachers, technology, and more rigorous educational programs.

Elect Education Champions

  • Stand members endorsed education champions during the 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016 Denver school board races. 
  • Read more about our work in 2016 and what we accomplished thanks to the tireless support of our parents, teachers, partners, and supporters in the Stand for Children 2016 Annual Report.

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