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March 18, 2016

Dear Readers,

In lieu of a lead article in this week's bulletin, I am sharing the invitation below from Great Education Colorado. Next week's lead article will focus on the impact of today's (3/18) release of quarterly revenue forecasts on the proposed 2016-17 state budget and the 2016-17 amendments to the Colorado School Finance Act which sets state government's per pupil total program for the coming school year.


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Grassroots Powering Education
The next six weeks at the capitol are critical for kids.  That's when our legislators will be making budget decisions that will have a direct impact on Colorado's schools, classrooms and students.  And that's why we need you to bring your voice, your stories, and your passion to the capitol when you join us at our Advocacy Days at the Capitol:
  •     Wednesday, March 23
  •     Tuesday, April 5
  •     Wednesday, April 13
Each day begins at 9:30 am and concludes at 11:00 am at the State Capitol.

As a statewide, grassroots advocacy organization working to educate and mobilize voters to support investment in public education, we know that it's your voice that most influences policy decisions at the Capitol.  Together, we can hold our legislators accountable for doing their part to make Colorado a state where every child, no matter where they live or how they learn, has a fair shot at a great education.

Engaging with your legislators is easier than you think (and it is fun to connect with other Colorado advocates who share your same vision to have every student graduate ready for the world). Join Great Ed staff and other advocates in brief conversations with your state legislators just outside the House and Senate Chambers. Great Ed will support you in the process every step of the way.

If you plan to join us, please RSVP on our website. We will send you details and prepare you for a fun and memorable day at the Colorado Capitol.

Thank you for being part of Great Education Colorado as we work to ensure that all students have the opportunity to live their best lives.  We're honored to have you with us.

ChalkbeatCOLORADO​ covers PK-20 education issues throughout Colorado including one of the most in-depth and accurate PK-12 daily news to be found anywhere during the session. This week, BVSD Communications draws your particular attention to a March 17, 2016 story by Todd Engdahl entitled, "Expecting big changes to state testing this year? Don’t hold your breath."
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During each regular session (January - May) of the Colorado General Assembly, the Boulder Valley School District is represented on a day-to-day basis by Tanya Kelly-Bowry and Ernestine Mondragon of the firm Policy Matters, LLC. They regularly communicate with BVSD Superintendent Bruce Messinger and Director of Communications & Legislative Policy Briggs Gamblin. This is a link to an online bill tracking system for legislation being monitored by our district.

Each year the Boulder Valley Board of Education approves a legislative platform that sets the district’s legislative priorities and guides the BVSD contract lobbying firm, Policy Matters, LLC, led by veteran lobbyists Tanya Kelly-Bowry and Ernestine Mondragon. BVSD’s effort is overseen by Superintendent Bruce Messinger and Communications and Legislative Policy Director Briggs Gamblin. 

Understanding Colorado School Finance
Colorado supporters of PK-12 public education have found nonprofit Great Education Colorado to be a valuable resource both for important factual information concerning state funding of Colorado public schools and advocacy opportunities if interested. For the BVSD Weekly Legislative Bulletin's purposes, our focus will be setting context especially for those readers not yet familiar with the factors involved in Colorado state government's complex funding of public education across the state's 178 school districts. Colorado PK-12 Public Education Funding - Frequently Asked Questions
A list of legislators whose districts are wholly or partially within the boundaries of BVSD. ​
View the Legislative Update homepage for access to past issues. If you have any comments or questions, please contact me at briggs.gamblin@bvsd.org​.​​​​​​