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.


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:

  • Immigrant Rights

>> Padres & Jóvenes Unidos is in full support of the bill to "Protect CO Residents From Federal Govt Overreach." The House Bill 17-1230 would protect all Coloradans and prohibit state or local entities from providing the federal government with an individual's information regarding race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, or religious affiliation or "marking" an individual based on the aforementioned characteristics. We ALL have protections under the Constitution, and it is up to us to ensure that they are not threatened by an administration that wishes to divide the people and promote hate.


  • School Discipline

  • School Curriculum

  • Parent and Student School Supports

>> High-quality early childhood education programs enhance children's physical, cognitive, and social development. Unfortunately, this is also where the achievement gap between White students and students of color begins to appear. While there have been great strides in investing in pre-K programs, recent studies have revealed a great racial disparity in discipline for students in these programs - reversing the positive benefits of early childhood instruction for students of color. Padres & Jóvenes Unidos is in full support of HB 17-1210, ending out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, except where mandated by law, for all children in pre-K programs through 2nd grade.    

>> 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.

>> We believe that all students, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, or status have the right to a quality education. There are various measures of quality, however, the Padres Platform for Excellent Schools highlights the importance of a healthy environment, which includes acknowledgment and respect of various backgrounds by school staff. House Bill 17-1022, sponsored by Representative Salazar, mandates funding instruction in public school of history and civil government of the United States and Colorado, including but not limited to the history, culture, and contributions of American Indians, Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans. Padres & Jóvenes Unidos is in full support of this bill, which would require proper representation for students of color in the curriculum.
>> Parent engagement is crucial to student performance, teachers cannot perform in vacuum. However, when parents have limited resources they are faced with adverse decisions. Mandating that employers provide up to 18 hours in an academic year for parents to participate in a child's school activities is one right step in the right direction to foster a healthy school environment. Padres & Jóvenes Unidos is in full support of House Bill 17-1001, which would provide employee leave to attend a child’s academic activities. 

>> 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.