|Policy and Advocacy|
The Colorado League of Charter Schools works to shape public policy and opinion that favors charter school quality and growth as well as funding equity and facilities access.
Policy AgendaEach fall, the League releases an agenda of legislative priorities for the year that are established with assistance from the League’s Governmental Affairs Committee and Board of Directors. The League asks its member schools for feedback on priorities. Based on the results, the League works to put the agenda into action.
State-Level Advocacy and Coalition Building
The League’s internal Policy & Advocacy Team, in conjunction with external lobbyists, works diligently with the Colorado legislature and state governmental agencies to enact the League’s policy agenda. This includes ensuring that proposed legislation will:
Legislative UpdatesDuring the Colorado legislative session (January – May), the League provides its members with frequent updates on developments at the Capitol that may affect charter schools. The League sends a bi-monthly e-newsletter called "Charting the Capitol” and also provides access to a Capitol Bill Tracker with regular updates from under the dome. Click here to access the "Charting the Capitol," newsletter archive.
Colorado Charter Advocacy Network (Colorado CAN)The League created the Colorado Charter Advocacy Network (Colorado CAN), a grassroots initiative made up of thousands of charter school supporters such as parents, teachers, administrators and board members. Colorado CAN provides news and alerts about political issues impacting charter schools, and gives community members the tools needed to easily contact elected officials asking them to support charter schools in Colorado and across the country. Learn more about becoming a charter advocate.
Local AdvocacyRecognizing that "all politics is local,” League advocacy efforts are not limited solely to state-level work. We also work actively to cultivate a favorable charter environment at the local level, meeting with board members, district personnel and others to educate and engage on charter-related issues. If you have a local issue that could benefit from League support, please don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.
Putting Policy into Action at the School LevelEach year, changes in legislation require charter schools to implement or revise school policies. The League provides member schools with guidance around policy creation and access to sample policies that align with state and federal laws.