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A Grassroots Initiative that Could Change the World

Susan Notes: You may not live in Colorado, but you can do something to help a grassroots initiative there.

Don Perl is one of my heroes. In 2001, as a Colorado junior high teacher, he refused to give the state test because he knew it harmed kids.

Don is still fighting the test. He has launched a ballot initiative to eliminate statewide student testing. And more. This has passed its furst hurdle and been accepted by the Office of the Secretary of State.

The wording of the ballot title and submission clause are as follows:

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning the elimination of statewide student testing, and, in connection therewith, eliminating the Colorado student assessment program (CSAP), academic performance ratings, excellent school awards, and certain other provisions based on performance on statewide assessments; and replacing school ratings based on statewide assessments with school classifications based on: (1) local assessments and judgments of professional educators, or (2) the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-cost federal lunch benefits?

Now, in order to get the initiative on the ballot Don's group need to secure the signatures of something like 85,000 registered voters. Not being wealthy they can't afford to pay political consultants upwards of $100,000 to get the signatures. These grassroots agitators are going to do it themselves. And this is where anybody reading this comes in:

If you live in Colorado and want to sign this, contact one of the people below.

If you know people who live in Colorado, tell them to contact one of the people below.

Don Perl dperl@myexcel.com
2424 22nd Avenue
Greeley, Colorado 80631
(970) 351-0179

Christina Kauffman
329 45th Avenue
Greeley, Colorado 80631
(970) 351-0407

Andres Guerrero
1601 Cedar Avenue
Greeley, Colorado 80631
(970) 353-9542 (home)
(970) 330-8008 ext. 6657



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