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Great teachers for every child

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During the last few months, Stand for Children parent members, teachers, and supporters have been at the State Capitol advocating for policies that will help our students. We wanted to share with you what these folks have been saying to our elected officials on behalf of kids.

Here’s testimony from one parent, Oscar Zavala Castillo, speaking out against legislation (House Bill 1268) that would have prevented principals from making local hiring decisions about which teachers are best for their schools (known as mutual consent).

FROM THE CAPITOL TO THE CLASSROOM: WHAT’s AHEAD?

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Last week, the Colorado House and Senate met for the first time in 2014 – kicking off the legislative session. Visit our Capitol Connection to learn more about the way the state government affects public schools.

Stand for Children will be busy fighting this year to make sure all Colorado students have access to the best public education our state can offer. Below is a preview of the key issues we’re keeping an eye on:

Happy Holidays: A Look Back at 2013

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As we head into the holidays, our team is grateful and proud of all that we’ve accomplished in 2013. We achieved some historic victories that will go a long way toward making sure our students graduate from high school, ready for college and 21st century careers.

Here are our top eight achievements in 2013:

1.    Elected four strong leaders to the Denver school board—leaders who will stand up for students.

Stand with MiDian and help our kids succeed

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MiDian Holmes felt she had a solid chance. She had a 4.36 GPA and graduated in the top third of her high school class.

Then, the first job interview question she got was this: “If you went to that high school, how are you so articulate?

Through no fault of her own, MiDian went to the “wrong” school and couldn’t get certain jobs because employers didn’t trust her educational background. That’s why she joined Stand and fights to improve the system that educates her children and every generation that follows.

Stand for Children Leadership Center Awarded 4-Star Charity Navigator Rating

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Stand for Children Leadership Center has earned the prestigious 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. Based on strength in two areas, Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency, Stand for Children Leadership Center has now distinguished itself among the top 30% of charities.

What are Ireland, Poland, and Shanghai all doing better than the U.S?

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We’re standing still while the rest of the world gains on us or passes us by, and traditionally low standards are to blame. The latest results are out from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the worldwide study that lets us know how American students’ problem solving and critical thinking skills stack up to our global peers. The news is bad for our educational system as a whole, and for not only our poorest students but also our highest achieving ones:

Why I'm Voting

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I’m a mother of three and I know a good teacher when I see one. My daughter’s 5th grade teacher was one of the best I’ve ever seen. He got the students excited about learning. He checked in with students and did home visits with my daughter because he said: “I want to be there for her.” And he was. He’s a teacher I know my daughter will never forget.

Denver school board

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Denver's school board election this year is the most important in a long time. Today, only 54 percent of DPS students are proficient in reading, 46 percent in math, and 42 percent in writing. This isn't good, but it's an improvement from where we've come.

Amendment 66

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This election, we have an important choice to make on our ballot: do we move forward with building a world-class public education system in Colorado, or do we slip backwards?

Amendment 66 is a huge opportunity for us to move forward. It’s a smart investment in our schools that Colorado can be proud of. But we need more Coloradans to know how important Amendment 66 is for our kids’ futures.

Early childhood education and Amendment 66

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I moved to this country to give my kids a better life than we had in Mexico, which is why I jumped at the chance to enroll my daughter, Tiara, in an early childhood education program. By the time she got to first grade, she was well-adjusted to a new language and school system.

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