Latino Civic Engagement
In 2018, Colorado voters approved an amendment to the state constitution to change the ways voting districts are created for election of senators and representatives in Colorado state government and election of Colorado members of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC. Voting districts are based on results of the U.S. Census conducted every ten years. In past years, dividing lines between legislative districts have been drawn by the Colorado legislature with occasional review and intervention by the state supreme court. This year, for the first time in the state's history, maps of legislative districts will be drawn by two independent commissions comprised of equal numbers of Democratic, Republican, and unaffiliated voters. CLLARO is submitting proposed maps and testimony to both commissions urging that new redistricting maps allow Latino communities of interest throughout the state their fair share of influence in future elections.
DPS has a decades-long history of failing to provide equal opportunities to all students, especially students of color. Problems such as the uneven distribution of resources and a lack of bilingual and culturally competent teachers have contributed to the failure of addressing the needs of all students. Though the previous superintendent understood these issues and made efforts to address them, she left after being forced out by striking teachers. As a result, the School Board began its search for a new superintendent, which was accompanied by significant criticism over the ways in which the Board went about the process. Despite many critics' efforts to change the Board's mind, this search was narrowed down to three choices.
For the past century and a half, Latinos have been under-represented in public policymaking throughout Colorado state and local government. CLLARO will announce a new strategy this summer for increasing Latinos' voice and influence in Colorado.