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    School Choice in Colorado

    By Joshua Sherwood, student at Colorado Christian University

    Para leer en español, haga clic aquí

    There was a rally outside of the Colorado State Capitol on January 26, 2015 during National School Choice Week. Many people including Senators Owen Hill (R) and Mike Johnston (D) attended the rally in support of school choice.

    It is well-known that the school choice movement supports the right of parents to choose the best school for their children. Many factors such as where families live, lack of financial resources, teachers unions and the government can prevent children, especially Hispanic children, from obtaining a quality education.

    Colorado has many programs that allow parents to choose their children’s school.  For example, Denver Public Schools offer SchoolChoice, a program that makes it easier for parents to find and apply to schools that they want their children to go to. In Colorado Springs, there is a considerable amount of students that attend public schools in districts that they do not live in. District 11 in Colorado Springs had a net loss of 1,782 students at the beginning of this academic year that went to a school in District 20 instead. [1] The Classical Academy has a wait list of 5,000 students that want to attend the school. [2]

    School choice is also reflected in the ability of school districts to choose the curriculum and education standards of their students. For example, schools such as The Classical Academy, school districts including Douglas County, and even the Colorado Board of Education oppose the restrictive Common Core standards. [3]

    School choice will be more prominent in the news as a variety of educational reform bills are being introduced in the Colorado General Assembly. [4]  For example, Senator Kevin Lundberg (R) introduced Senate Bill 15-045 that would allow for tax credits to be given to parents who send their children to a private school. [5] [6]

    Teachers unions have been one of the largest obstructions in enacting these kinds of reforms in Colorado. For example, the teachers union in Jefferson County fought in the district court to bar the release of the names of the teachers of Standley Lake High School who called in sick in September in order to protest the school board’s decisions. [7] Classes were cancelled due to the teachers’ reckless action. [8]

    The Denver Post Editorial Board put it best when it said that “public employees who wish to protest by pretending to be sick should not be able to hide behind a shield of anonymity.” [9] The parents of the students attending this school should know the names of these teachers so that they can make better decisions for which classes their students should take or if their kids should even attend the school.

    AThis topic is especially important to Hispanics because education policies such as standardized testing are hindering Hispanic students in public schools in Colorado. For example, standardized testing does not acknowledge that some Hispanic children in Colorado public schools are English language learners or have significant cultural differences compared to other students. [10]

    Escuela Tlatelolco is a perfect example of this. The K-12 school has a contract with Denver Public Schools that provides funding for the school as long as certain academic standards are met. However, the school has been consistently failing the district’s academic standards. The school is geared specifically towards Latino students and English language learners. In fact, many of the school’s middle and high school students transferred to the school after struggling in other public schools in Denver. The school is an alternative to other public schools; thus, it should be treated as such. District and national standards assessed through standardized testing should not apply to this school.  [11]

    However, the Escuela Tlatelolco Board of Directors will not renew their contract with Denver Public Schools due to this conflict. [12] The school will lose around 50% of its funding and will have to raise funds in order to stay operational. [13] Nevertheless, the school and parents did what they thought was best because they wanted to keep the well-rounded curriculum and rigorous testing standards that are specifically geared towards their Latino students. [14]

    This conflict should have never existed. Those who support school choice recognize that each school and parent should have the power to choose the best education for their students without having the government excessively interfere with the school’s affairs. Local school boards and parents are perfectly able to make the best educational decisions for their students just like those at Escuela Tlatelolco did. In many cases, undue government regulations, teachers unions and testing standards were barriers to the success of Hispanic students.



    [1] Kelly, D. (2015, January 25). School choice: Winners and losers in the battle for students in pikes peak region. The Gazette. Retrieved from http://gazette.com/school-choice-winners-and-losers-in-the-battle-for-students-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1545184#!

    [2] Ibid.

    [3] Anonymous. (2013, July 16). Douglas county board of education passes resolution on common core. Retrieved from https://www.dcsdk12.org/community-relations/douglas-county-board-education-passes-resolution-common-core

    Berry, S. (2015, February 2). Colorado board of ed endorses bill to reject common core standards, tests. Breitbart. Retrieved from http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/02/02/colorado-board-of-ed-endorses-bill-to-reject-common-core-standards-tests/

    Resolution concerning common core and assessments. (2014, January 13). Retrieved from http://www.tcatitans.org/files/_wQIwE_/67e6086fed19cc363745a49013852ec4/TCA_Common_Core_Resolution_Signed.pdf

    [4] Colorado lawmakers continue introducing bills to limit testing. (2015, January 20). The Gazette.
    Retrieved from http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-continue-introducing-bills-to-limit-testing/article/1544914

    [5] Lundberg, K. (2015, January 7). Senate bill 15-045. Retrieved from http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2015a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont/81A0DE617019730A87257DA200618AEF?Open&file=045_01.pdf

    [6] Senate Journal for March 25, 2015. Retrieved from http://www.leg.state.co.us/CLICS/CLICS2015A/csljournals.nsf/4D104719C0353EF78725698300768D5D/2AB2AEF0E5190EF687257E13004BBE50/$FILE/jour_078.pdf?OpenElement

    [7] The Denver Post Editorial Board. (2015, February 25). In Jeffco, it’s the teachers union vs. open records. The Denver Post. Retrieved from http://www.denverpost.com/editorials/ci_27598274/jeffco-its-teachers-union-vs-open-records

    [8] Nicholson, K., & Gorski, E. (2014, September 19). Standley Lake, conifer high schools cancel classes friday due to teacher absences. The Denver Post. Retrieved from http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_26565776/standley-lake-high-school-cancels-classes-friday-due

    [9] The Denver Post Editorial Board. (2015, February 25). In Jeffco, it’s the teachers union vs. open records. The Denver Post. Retrieved from http://www.denverpost.com/editorials/ci_27598274/jeffco-its-teachers-union-vs-open-records

    [10] Miraval, F. (2015, January 16). Too many tests in colorado schools harm latino students. Fox News Latino. Retrieved from http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2015/01/16/too-many-tests-in-colorado-schools-harm-latino-students/

    [11] Zubrzycki, J. (2014, November 20).  Escuela tlatelolco and denver public schools to end contract. Chalkbeat Colorado. Retrieved from http://co.chalkbeat.org/2014/11/20/escuela-tlatelolco-and-denver-public-schools-to-end-contract/#.VPUESfmG9Ik

    [12] Resolution over contract renewal between Escuela Tlatelolco and Denver Public Schools.  (2014). Retrieved from http://www.boarddocs.com/co/dpsk12/Board.nsf/files/9QZTU778FB1F/$file/Escuela%20Board%20Resolution%20%2011-10-14.pdf

    [13] Zubrzycki, J. (2014, November 20).  Escuela tlatelolco and denver public schools to end contract. Chalkbeat Colorado. Retrieved from http://co.chalkbeat.org/2014/11/20/escuela-tlatelolco-and-denver-public-schools-to-end-contract/#.VPUESfmG9Ik

    [14]Educational Standards of Escuela Tlatelolco. Retrieved from http://www.escuelatlatelolco.org/Educational_Standards.html

    Evaluations and Assessments of Escuela Tlatelolco. Retrieved from http://www.escuelatlatelolco.org/Evaluation_and_Assessment.html


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    CHR Endorses Steve House for CO GOP Chair

    Colorado Hispanic Republicans hereby endorses Steve House for the office of Colorado Republican Party Chairman.

    The time for new leadership in the Colorado GOP is now. Steve endorses the idea of a bigger tent party to include all the minority coalitions which have worked diligently towards attracting more voters to the Republican cause.

    Steve House has a vision to grow the party infrastructure using modern methods, giving us better tools which will propel the party towards victories in upcoming elections. Steve’s business background and success demonstrates an ability to lead our party. He will trust and ensure that all staff members of the state GOP are utilized to the their full potential.

    As a coalition Republican organization we are committed to doing our part to grow the voter base among Hispanic voters. Steve understands the importance of the work performed by groups like Colorado Hispanic Republicans. He has pledged his support of our important mission, and if elected, the support of the state party apparatus.

    Steve’s vision for the Colorado Republican party is to work closely with county leaders in order to ensure their local success, to help identify qualified candidates for offices at all levels, and to implement exciting new ideas to grow and improve the Republican brand and image in the state of Colorado among all voters.

    For these reasons and several more, we would urge the voting members of the CRC to elect Steve House as Chairman of the Colorado GOP at the State Central Committee Meeting on March 14, 2015.

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    CHR Endorses Derrick Wilburn for CO GOP Vice Chair

    The Colorado Hispanic Republicans have known Derrick for several years and have witnessed his tireless efforts to deliver the conservative message to the black community through his organizations, American Conservatives of Color and Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives.

    His vision, and common sense ideas, for a big tent Republican Party is critical to moving our party towards being more inclusive of minorities. It is not a secret that without a significant increase of voters from the Black and Hispanic communities in particular, Republicans will have a difficult, if not impossible, task of winning future elections.

    The current state GOP administration has not demonstrated an understanding of the importance of supporting minority coalitions. The Colorado Hispanic Republicans speak from experience when we say that they have done little more than pay lip service to this important cause.

    New leadership in the chairman and vice-chair positions is critical at this time. We need fresh and innovative ideas with a new leadership team that will actually take a hands on approach to changing the face of the Republican party without compromising conservative ideals.

    Colorado Hispanic Republicans urge you to support Derrick Wilburn for the office of Vice-Chair in the Colorado Republican Party.


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    The energy issues that are currently affecting us

    By Joshua Sherwood, student at Colorado Christian University

    Para leer en español, haga clic aquí

    20120920_181237The current price of gasoline is bringing a sigh of relief to American consumers.  Money that was being spent on gasoline in the past can now be spent in other necessary and valuable areas. In fact, the U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that the “average household is now expected to spend about $750 less for gasoline in 2015 compared with last year because of lower prices” according to its Short-Term Energy Outlook report published on January 13, 2015 [1]

    However, this good news does not come without bad news. It needs to be noted that “oil service companies have announced layoffs of thousands of workers just in the past week [of January 23, 2015], and the analysis firm Wood Mackenzie expects drilling investment in North America to fall by $50 billion, or nearly 40 percent, over the next year.” [2] The relationship between the cause and effect of free markets is in full swing. However, despite these negative consequences, “most economists agree that the good outweighs the bad.” [3]

    IMG_2630The lesson to be taken from these events is that energy is a major asset to the U.S. economy. Fracking in states like North Dakota is creating jobs and is partially responsible for the dramatically low gas prices. [4] Although President Obama has been stubborn about completely approving Keystone XL, the construction of the pipeline in the states of Oklahoma and Texas has boosted their economies by “injecting $2.1 billion and $3.6 billion into their economies, respectively.” [5] Pro-American energy policies should be put into place by the new Republican-led U.S. Congress, and the energy industry should be allowed to thrive.

    Current events show that the American dream of energy independence is closer than ever before. Let’s keep the trend going.



    [1] United States Energy Information Administration. (2015, January 13). Highlights of the Short-Term Energy Outlook report of January 2015. Retrieved from http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/steo/

    [2] Fahey, J., & Rosenberg, J. (2015, January 23).  $2 gasoline: Good times keep rolling at the pump. Associated Press. Retrieved from http://bigstory.ap.org/article/0a490fbcfcce40058463ef41bb4edfd6/2-gasoline-good-times-keep-rolling-pump

    [3] Ibid.

    [4] Ibid.

    [5] Loris, N. (2015, January 14). Enough is enough: Obama’s keystone obstructionism must end. The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.heritage.org/research/commentary/2015/1/enough-is-enough-obamas-keystone-obstructionism-must-end

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    Immigration Forum

    Name: Immigration Forum
    Date: February 18, 2015
    Where: Denver Athletic Club
    Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
    Refreshments: hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks – Cash Bar
    Cost: $25 per person paid in advance, $35 per person at the door – $10 discount for recurring donor partners (min. one year commitment)

    Linda Chavez – President of Becoming American Institute (see attached bio)
    Dr. Stephen Steinlight – Senior Policy Analyst – Center For Immigration Studies
    Moderator – Tom Lucero – Radio Host KFKA 1310 AM Greeley, CO

    In depth discussion of current immigration laws and policies and their effect on the influx of immigrants to the U.S.

    Limited seating, please sing up as early as possible.

  • CHR-Statement

    Conservative & Economic Hispanic Colorado Leaders Call for Congressional Action to Fix our Outdated Immigration System

    November 24, 2014

    Hugo Chavez-Rey
    (720) 622-9949

    Hector Barajas
    (800) 916-1770 ext 7


    DENVER, COLORADO — A coalition of local conservative and economic Hispanic leaders announce their support for congressional action to fix our outdated immigration system through legislation, not executive order. Colorado members of this coalition include: Hugo Chavez-Rey, Chairman of the Colorado Hispanic Republicans, and the leaders listed below.

    “As Congress moves into the lame duck session, the president has regrettably decided to act unilaterally, and unconstitutionally in the immigration debate.

    “A Presidential Executive Order does not adequately address the root causes and complex issues of our outdated immigration system. We need a common sense approach to this problem and a market based immigration system that drives our economy, and attracts as well as retains workers for our laboratories, financial institutions, health care facilities, technology companies, and farms across Colorado and the nation. This requires Congressional legislation.

    “Colorado conservative Hispanic leaders are dedicated to fostering the necessary changes to our existing and outdated immigration laws and are disappointed that the President has chosen to play politics with the immigration issue.

    “We, the undersigned Hispanic leaders, hereby call on Congress to make immigration reform a top priority in the new session and present to the President a bill to sign. We believe that Executive Order action is nothing more than a band aid approach to a complex problem, and it will only serve to create more division within our country.”

    Michael L. Bieda – CHR Board Member, Attorney at Law
    Laureen Gutierrez – CHR Board Member
    Jerry M. Natividad – President/CEO American Facilities Services Network
    Greg Lopez – Former Director Colorado U.S. Small Business Administration
    Beth Martinez Humenik – Colorado State Senator SD-24
    Libby Szabo – Colorado House of Representatives HD-27 – Arvada
    Clarice Navarro – Colorado House of Representatives HD-47
    Jesus (Chuy) Perez – Information Technology Consultant
    Anna Villoch-Jolly – Political Consultant
    Floyd Trujillo – Conquest Energy, LLC
    Michael T. Parra – M.D.
    Perry Jon Vasquez – CFP, MBA
    Solomon Martinez – Gunnery Sgt. USMC Retired
    Martin Mendez – Owner Splash Publications
    Ada Diaz Kirby – Principal, Diaz Consulting Group
    Sal Gomez – President/CEO Source One Management, Inc.
    Maria del Carmen Guzman Weese

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    Hispanic Heritage Month

    Colorado Hispanic Republicans are proud to join the celebrations during Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s actually only two weeks, but who’s quibbling?

    Americans of Hispanic descent have a long history of contributions to this great nation we call home. We have come from a variety of Hispanic countries, all in search of the American Dream of opportunity, freedom, and a better life for ourselves and our families.

    Hispanics have a long and rich tradition of military service in the U.S. Armed Forces dating back to the American Revolution. A total of 61 Americans of Hispanic descent have received the the nations highest military honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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  • Immigration

    Daniel Garza, Executive Director for The LIBRE Initiative, joins Jose Díaz-Balart on MSNBC in Los Angeles to discuss the immigration crisis that has risen during the recent weeks and the urgent need for immigration reform.

  • Jobs & the Economy. The Road to Success.

    The recently released September jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) – delayed over two weeks over the government shutdown – offers the latest snapshot of a sluggish U.S. economy. While many focus on the Unemployment rate and the number of jobs added as the two big indicators of movement, there are other important takeaways upon further examination of the statistics.

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