PJU at the Capitol - 2017
Since Donald J. Trump has been sworn into office, he has signed executive orders that promote divisiveness and fear of the immigrant community. He has also selected inexperienced individuals for his cabinet who possess overwhelmingly large conflicts of interest. However, we still have the ability to stand together against hate. Arming ourselves with knowledge is the first step on what may become a difficult road in the fight for human rights. We can also become active citizens in our local and state governments. We must make the commitment to not let fear rule.TAKE ACTION NOW
If President Trump wants to build a wall, we will band together and build a bridge to get over the tough times ahead in the state of Colorado. Padres & Jóvenes Unidos will focus on the following items in the 2017 legislative session:
Parent and Student School Supports
>> Teachers need resources to effectively educate students who may need additional supports to learn. Kicking kids out of the classroom does not solve the cause of the problem for the teacher, nor does it help the student. Further, students of color suffer harsh discipline at a higher rate than their white peers. Padres & Jóvenes Unidos is in full support of HB 17-1211, sponsored by Representative Coleman and Senator Priola, Concerning Professional Development for Educators Regarding Disciplinary Strategies for Young Students.
>> Colorado is one of 19 states in America that still allows corporal punishment in schools. Corporal punishment is a punishment "intended to cause physical pain on a person." In school settings, a wooden paddle is often used to inflict pain on a student. This practice is outdated and can be developmentally harmful to our students who are in school to learn, not to suffer physical violence. Schools should be a place where students feel safe. Padres & Jóvenes Unidos is in full support of House Bill 1038, sponsored by Representative Lontine, which would ban corporal punishment by employees and volunteers at schools, day care centers, and foster homes.
>> Schools cannot control outside conditions for students, but they can choose how to respond and support students in school to ensure a healthy school environment. SB 17-068 would change the eligibility of school counselor grants to include grades K-6. Padres & Jóvenes Unidos is in full support of Senate Bill 17-068, School Counselors Early Support for Students, sponsored by Senator Todd and Representative Singer.