Amending the Education Clause of the Colorado Constitution


Previous Drafts & Notes on Process

Drafting the language to amend our state’s charter requires a process, intentional yet flexible, for arriving at consensus. The “As It Could Be” updates are evidence of the week-to-week change (or, conversely, stasis) in the drafts. The weekly meetings are an open forum in which any member of R2L can initiate discussion regarding an element of the amendment or propose a bid to add or remove language. Those bids are a hallmark of the multi-faceted process through which R2L makes meaning and builds understanding. Moreover, the micro-process of bidding is perhaps the most powerful tool any member of R2L can possess because it is the medium through which he, she, they can participate meaningfully and leave a thumbprint on the proceedings.

April 16th, 2021 Draft

“Given the human need for light in the form of knowledge, it is the responsibility of the state to be persistent and purposeful in providing free public education that is equal, equitable and humanizing to all people. Public schools are sanctuaries, spaces where the inherent and inalienable dignity of the human person is inviolate. The demands of dignity require recognition, action, and protection of the fundamental rights all people are born with to learn, grow, and aspire by cultivating one’s mind, humanity, and potential. Built upon foundations instilled with love and care, the state will secure these rights through provisions for the creation and maintenance of safe and healthy environments, forged in the bonds of community and trust. Furthermore, cultivate and encourage opportunities of meaningful participation that affirm one another’s worth as living beings.”

March 12th, 2021 Draft

“Given the human need for light in the form of knowledge, it is the responsibility of the state to be persistent and purposeful in providing free public education that is equal, equitable and humanizing to all people. Public schools are sanctuaries, spaces where the inherent and inalienable dignity of the human person is inviolate. The demands of dignity require recognition, action, and protection of the fundamental rights all people are born with to learn, grow, and aspire by cultivating one’s mind, humanity, and potential. Conscious of the binding obligations and duties of these rights, the state shall be responsible for creating educational environments that are safe and healthy. Thus, schools shall be places where people experience just treatment and mutually affirm one another’s worth as living beings. A paramount requisite of the aforementioned rights is the ongoing provision of opportunities for people to meaningfully participate in determining the course of their education.”

March 5th, 2021 Draft

“Given the human need for light in the form of knowledge, it is the responsibility of the state to be persistent and purposeful in providing a free public education that is equal, equitable and humanizing to all people. Public schools are sanctuaries, spaces where the inherent and inalienable dignity of the human person is inviolate. The demands of dignity require recognition, action, and protection of the fundamental rights all people are born with to learn, grow, and aspire by cultivating one’s mind, humanity, and potential. Conscious of the binding obligations and duties of these rights, the state shall be responsible for creating educational environments that are safe and healthy. Thus, schools shall be places where people experience just treatment and mutually affirm one another’s worth as living beings. A paramount requisite of the aforementioned rights is the ongoing provision of opportunities for people to meaningfully participate in determining the course of their education.”

February 19th – 26th, 2021 Draft

“Given the human need for light in the form of knowledge, it is the responsibility of the state to be persistent and purposeful in providing a free public education that is equal, equitable and humanizing to all people. Public schools are sanctuaries, spaces where the inherent and inalienable dignity of the human person is inviolate. The demands of dignity require recognition that all people are born with the fundamental rights to learn, grow, and aspire by cultivating one’s mind, humanity, and potential. Conscious of the binding obligations and duties of these rights, the state shall be responsible for creating educational environments that are safe and healthy. Thus, schools shall be places where people experience just treatment and mutually affirm one another’s worth as living beings. A paramount requisite of the aforementioned rights is the ongoing provision of opportunities for people to meaningfully participate in determining the course of their education.”

February 19th, 2021 Draft

“Given the human need for light in the form of knowledge, it is the responsibility of the state to be persistent and purposeful in providing a free public education that is equal, equitable and humanizing to all people. Public schools are sanctuaries, spaces where the inherent and inalienable dignity of the human person is inviolate. The demands of dignity require recognition that all people are born with the fundamental rights to learn, grow, and aspire by cultivating one’s mind, humanity, and potential. Conscious of the binding obligations and duties of these rights, the state shall be responsible for creating educational environments that are safe and healthy. Thus, schools shall be places where people experience just treatment and mutually affirm one another’s worth as living beings. A paramount requisite of the aforementioned rights is the ongoing provision of opportunities for people to meaningfully participate in determining the course of their education.”

January 8th – February 12th, 2021 Draft (No changes in wording during this period due to ongoing discussion of various bids to alter the candidate amendment)

“Given the human need for light in the form of knowledge, it is the responsibility of the state to be persistent in providing free public education to all its people on an equal and equitable basis. Public schools are sanctuaries, places where the inherent and inalienable dignity of the human person is inviolate. The demands of dignity require recognition that all people are born with the fundamental rights to learn, grow, and aspire by cultivating one’s mind, humanity, and potential. Conscious of the binding obligations and duties of these rights, the state shall be responsible for creating educational environments that are safe and healthy. Thus, schools shall be places where people experience just treatment and mutually affirm one another’s worth as living beings. A paramount requisite of the aforementioned rights is the ongoing provision of opportunities for people to meaningfully participate in determining the course of their education.”

December 4th, 11th, & 18th 2020 Drafts (No changes in wording during this period due to ongoing discussion of various bids to alter the candidate amendment)

“Given the human need for light in the form of knowledge, it is the responsibility of the state to provide free public education to all its people on an equal basis. Public schools are sanctuaries, places where the inherent and inalienable dignity of the human person is inviolate. The demands of dignity require that all people are born with the fundamental rights to learn, grow, and aspire by cultivating one’s mind, humanity and potential. Conscious of the binding obligations and duties of these rights, the state shall be responsible for creating educational environments that are safe and healthy. Thus, schools shall be places where people experience just treatment and mutually affirm one another’s worth as living beings. A paramount requisite of the aforementioned rights is the ongoing provision of opportunities for people to meaningfully participate in determining the course of their education.” 

November 27th, 2020 Draft

“Schools are sanctuaries, places where the inherent and inalienable dignity of the human person is inviolate. By this virtue, all people have a right to learn, work and grown in environments that are, healthy and mutually affirm the feeling of just treatment and inherent worth of the individual. Recognizing this, the state shall provide, to all people on an equal basis, an education in harmony with their dignity. A paramount requisite of the aforementioned right is the provision of the opportunity to meaningfully participate throughout the entire course of their education. Therefore, the state shall assist all students in realizing their human potential.”

November 20th, 2020 Draft

“Schools are sanctuaries, places where the inherent and inalienable dignity of the human person is inviolate. By this virtue, all people have a right to learn, work, and grow in environments that are safe, healthy, and mutually affirm the feeling of just treatment and inherent worth of the individual. Recognizing this, the state shall provide, to all people on an equal basis, an education in harmony with their dignity. A paramount requisite of the aforementioned right is the provision of the opportunity to meaningfully participate throughout the entire course of their education. Therefore, the state shall assist all public school students to realize their human potential.”

November 13th, 2020 Draft

“Schools are sanctuaries, places where the inherent dignity of the human person must be inviolate. Recognizing the inherent dignity of the human person, the state shall provide, to all people on an equal basis, an education in harmony with their dignity. By virtue of their dignity, all people have a right to learn and grow. A paramount requisite of the aforementioned right is the provision of the opportunity to meaningfully participate throughout the entire course of their education. Therefore, the state shall assist all public school students to realize their human potential. The safety and health of students and school personnel shall be inviolate.”

November 6th, 2020 Draft

“Recognizing the inherent dignity of the human person, the state shall provide, to all people on an equal basis, an education in harmony with their dignity. By virtue of their dignity, all people have a right to learn and grow. A paramount requisite of the aforementioned right is the provision of the opportunity to meaningfully participate throughout the entire course of their education. Therefore, the state shall assist all public school students to realize their human potential. The safety and health of students and school personnel shall be inviolate. Schools are sanctuaries, places where people are free from violations of their inherent dignity, and free to create formative social capacities”

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