Stand Colorado is dedicated to making Colorado’s public schools strong, vibrant places for our children to learn. Since our office’s founding in 2009, we’ve achieved several victories that put us closer to that goal.
- Educated parents in marginalized communities to become better consumers of public education by conducting workshops to help parents balance crticial factors to consider when selecting a school.
- Secured sweeping victories for two school board candidates in the 2011 Denver school board elections. Our members contacted more than 21,000 voters, maintaining the board’s reform-minded majority and commitment to positive school reforms.
- Through member testimony, action, and advocacy, we:
- Helped ensure the Denver Public Schools Board of Education put a bond and mill levy on the November 2012 ballot.
- Defeated the attempted recall of Denver Public Schools Board member Nate Easley.
- Helped to turn around six of the state’s lowest performing schools in Far Northeast Denver and are continuing to monitor the implementation of the turnaround plans.
- Ended forced teacher placement in low-performing Denver schools.
- Defeated a proposed moratorium on new schools in Denver.
- Helped pass 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.
- Led the coalition that launched One Chance Colorado, a public awareness campaign that informed Coloradans about the impact of and need for education reform.
- 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 to measure their effectiveness and determine whether teachers earn – or lose – non-probationary status (Colorado’s form of tenure).
- Ensured the integrity of the Great Teachers and Leaders Law by successfully influencing the implementation of Colorado's educator evaluation system.
- In the 2010 general election, Stand helped elect 15 education champions to the Colorado state legislature and defeated Amendments 60, 61, and Proposition 101.
Stand for Children members gain advocacy and leadership skills that last a lifetime. Members hold many leadership roles in the community, including:
- State Council for Educator Effectiveness
- Denver Public Schools Budget Advisory Committee
- Denver Public Schools School Performance Framework Taskforce
- Northwest Denver Community Committee
- Superintendent’s Parent Forum
- School Improvement Accountability Council (SIAC)
- Collaborative school committees (CSC) across the district