February 6, 2015
Colorado Superintendents Lead Charge for Further Reduction of Negative Factor Impact on K-12 Funding
On Thursday, February 5, more than 100 of Colorado's 178 school district superintendents attending the annual winter legislative conference of the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) held a news conference. The purpose of the event was to show their solidarity in calling upon the Colorado General Assembly and Governor John Hickenlooper to further address the reduction of the "negative factor" currently responsible for a nearly $900 million statewide ($30 million to BVSD) shortfall in school funding. Below are a sampling links to coverage of this issue statewide courtesy of the "Rise & Shine" web page of the online Colorado education news service, ChalkbeatCOLORADO.

Photo: Colorado Public Radio Website
BVSD thanks the 174 superintendents who have joined in this effort. BVSD Superintendent Bruce Messinger serves on the coalition's council.

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 Jan. 30 story by reporter Todd Engdahl entitled, "Fresh bills raise hot-button education issues." 

Policy Matters
Current update on bills currenty supported, opposed and monitored by BVSD.

2015 BVSD Legislative Platform.pdf2015 BVSD Legislative Platform 
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. 

Contact your legislators
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​.​​