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General Sessions - Leadership Summit 2020
General Sessions | 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Legislative Update and League Annual Focus | Monday, October 5 | 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM 

While charter schools have seen sustained success in recent years at the Colorado State Capitol, every legislative session brings its own challenges and opportunities. 2021 promises to be no exception. Listen to New league president address pressing issues confronting your school and to better understand the political and policy landscape heading into 2021.

National Education Outlook of Charter Schools Panel | Tuesday, October 6 | 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM 

Dr. Howard Fuller will be joining us at the Leadership Summit. Dr. Fuller has dedicated his life to creating better educational opportunities for all children, and you will not want to miss the knowledge he has to share. Dr. Fuller will join a panel with Myrna Castrejón, President and Chief Executive Officer, California Charter Schools Association, Mike Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and moderator Todd Ziebarth, senior vice president for state advocacy and support for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. 

Myrna Castrejón, President and CEO, California Charter Schools Association. As the leader of CCSA, Myrna Castrejón has managed the membership organization representing California's public charter schools since January 2019. Mike Petrilli, president, Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Mike Petrilli is president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, executive editor of Education Next, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow for Education Commission of the States. Todd Ziebarth, senior vice president for state advocacy and support, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. In this role, he leads the National Alliance's work to improve state charter school laws. Todd has helped numerous states enact laws to better support high-quality public charter schools.

Senator Gardner's Perspective on Educational Priorities | Wednesday, October 7 | 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Senator Gardner is in tightly contested Senate race this year and his position on educational priorities is important to Coloradans as well as with charter school proponents. Join us for this conversation with the Senator, moderated by League President Dan Schaller. The issues at the national level and especially in the Senate mirror those in Colorado where funding, choice, equity and school quality are especially apparent. The League stands for the ideals of Quality, Choice and Equity for all students, and we’ll be asking questions of the state’s current senator up for re-election after his first term. While his opponent is still considering our invitation to attend our Leadership Summit this year, we’re going to spend an hour with the Senator to see how his perspectives will help all kids in public schools.

The Governor's Stance on Choice and Charters in Colorado | Wednesday, October 7 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Governor Polis has been a long-time supporter of charter schools in Colorado, launching two charter schools for hard to serve populations. The New America School and the Academy of Urban Learning. In this open and wide-open conversation about the Governor’s take on Choice and Charters, our moderator League President, Dan Schaller, will explore the past of charters with the Governor, but also look to the future in a state where 14% of students attend a charter school. What are the limitations, what are the opportunities, where can we go from here, and what might be out on the horizon based on the Governor’s desires and a Democratic legislature.








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