The Legislative Session is Underway
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
by Dan Schaller, VP State and Local Policy
Colorado’s legislative session officially began on Wednesday, January 8, and will now run continuously through Wednesday, May 6. We will do our best to keep you informed and engaged with our ACT Newsletter throughout, but if you’re interested in more up-to-the-minute developments, join us for our “Legislative Lunch” calls every Friday at noon (267.930.4000, access code: 335-127-816). You can also feel free to contact us with questions at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, if you and your school community have yet to become part of our Colorado Charter Advocacy Network (COCAN), please sign up here today and share this sample letter with your parents and families to encourage them to sign up as well. As we’ve noted previously, we are anticipating legislation that would negatively impact charter schools directly, so if we don’t all come together and do our part to advocate for the strength and protection of our schools, we run the risk of having some of the damaging anti-charter policy that has been adopted in other states becoming law here as well.
Speaking of advocacy, don’t forget to sign up for our annual Charter School Advocacy Day, which will take place on April 27, 2020 this year. This is a great opportunity for schools (staff and students) to rally together as a charter community. The day includes a visit to the Capitol as well as an opportunity to interact with legislators about your charter school and the positive impact it has made. Learn more about the event and register here.
Finally, if you’re interested in stories on some of the developments from the first weeks of the legislative session, click here for information on some of the first education bills introduced and here for a rundown of all education-related legislation thus far.