We are extremely disappointed that SB21-182 will not be moving forward this year. We have heard from hundreds of parents and educators across Colorado that believe that we need to build stronger, healthier schools in Colorado by addressing racial inequity, keeping students learning in school, and ending unnecessary involvement with the criminal justice system.
As Abigail Mathew said in her prepared testimony in favor of the bill, “The time for change is long overdue, but the schools and children of Colorado deserve a brighter future and SB21-182 is a clear step in the right direction. Thank you again for your time and I’m hopeful that as our legislators, you will be able to give our students a more equitable chance at fulfilling their potential, without the risk of causing irreversible harm to these young minds of Colorado.”
We are grateful to Sen. Buckner and Rep. Herod for their leadership and partnership on this issue. We are working to identify opportunities for additional legislation and we are committed to continue this work beyond this session. I deeply appreciate the families and educators who shared their stories about how the school-to-prison pipeline impacted their lives and we are dedicated to ensuring those stories are heard as continue to fight for students, families, and educators in Colorado. Students shouldn't have to wait any longer for all schools to be places where they can safely grow and thrive.