Member Leader Convening Recap
Sunday, February 23, 2020
February 7, 2020
Dear charter leaders,
I am writing to follow up on the convening at the Wells Fargo Center last Monday, January 27, from noon to 4:00 PM.
The turnout was strong. We had 70 veteran leaders representing every region of the state. Due to space constraints, we were fully subscribed, but wanted to follow up with those of you who could not be present for the convening.
In the first hour, we discussed how the political landscape has changed nationally and in Colorado. Over the past five years, opponents of charter schools have built a wide-ranging coalition and rolled out new propaganda and community organizing tactics. They have ratcheted up their fundraising for political campaigns and are seeking to wrest bipartisan support away from charter schools. Up and down the Front Range, we are seeing anti-charter candidates elected to school boards. In response, we are advancing several strategic priorities.
After assessing the landscape, each of the League’s group vice presidents, Pete Mason, Dan Schaller and Teresa Tate, delivered an update on how they are ramping up their service groups’ programs and activities to best support the charter movement. These programs are aimed at: (a) expanding charter advocacy at the district and state levels; (b) engaging in targeted communications; and (c) extending support services to member schools.
During the last hour, Greg Richmond, the founder of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, presented draft messaging for a new statewide campaign to animate the Colorado charter movement from 2020 to 2025. After the presentation, the group discussed the messaging in round tables and gave structured input. This feedback is being incorporated into the campaign messaging, which will be disseminated during the League’s annual conference on March 11-13, 2020.
If you’re not able to attend the conference, we’re inviting you to a special free VIP reception on Wednesday March 11 at 4:30 PM. (RSVP here: www.coloradoleague.org/page/2020preconference). We’ll give a sneak peak of the campaign then. Or please be sure to attend our annual general meeting at the conference, 9:15 AM on Friday, March 13.
If you are interested in finding out more about any facet of the League’s activities or the imperatives facing our collective cause, we strongly encourage you to join us for the League’s annual conference, which will take place at the Westin Westminster, a newly expanded conference center off the I-36 turnpike between Denver and Boulder (details: www.cocharterconference.org).
This year, we plan to host more about 1000 attendees with 55+ sessions and over 90 exhibitors and sponsors. Special keynotes include Dr. Howard Fuller, a leading national advocate for school choice, and Dr. Deborah McGriff, an influential charter school reformer.
We look forward to seeing you at the conference!
Benjamin J. Lindquist