April 10, 2015

Dear BVSD Weekly Legislative Update reader:

Time is slipping away on the First Regular Session of the 70th Colorado General Assembly. Bills concerning state student assessment reform are now moving. More serious bipartisan collaboration, especially in the Colorado Senate, is underway. On another front, the proposed state budget for the 2015-16 state fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) is moving through the legislature while the 2015-16 amendments to the Colorado School Finance Act (last structurally revised in 1994) will soon be introduced. Nearly every one of Colorado's 178 school district superintendents have signed a letter urging $270 million ($70 million dedicated to high needs students) in additional funding to further buy down the annual impact of the legislature's negative factor in the under funding of Colorado K-12 education at approximately $890 million per year statewide ($31 million to BVSD). 

Several readers of this newsletter have commented over the years just how difficult to understand they find the issues surrounding our state's funding of schools. If you or anyone you know feels this way, I have an excellent suggestion. Go to the Great Education Colorado website at www.greateducation.org. Once there, click on "Statistics & FAQs" which contains all the information that anyone getting started advocating for adequate Colorado public education funding will need.

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 April 9 story by reporter Todd Engdahl entitled,​ "Senate Education Committee advances three testing bills."

Current update on bills currently supported, opposed and monitored by BVSD.​

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. School board members Tina Marquis of Boulder and Jennie Belval of Broomfield serve as the seven-member school board’s legislative liaisons. 

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​.​​​​​​