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Advocacy Information

CASB Advocacy Team

Jane Urschel, Deputy Executive Director

Michelle Murphy, Of Counsel

Ana Navratil, Executive Assistant, Advocacy

CASB is the school board members’ voice at the local and national level, presenting their agenda to policy makers and other groups.

State Level Advocacy:

Though the Colorado Legislature is in session for just four months out of the year, the CASB Advocacy Team works year-around to ensure state lawmakers are kept informed of the issues that are most important to school boards.

Using feedback from the CASB membership, the CASB Board of Directors develops legislative priorities each year. The CASB Advocacy Team uses those priorities in a variety of ways – testimony, phone calls, one-on-one conversations with legislators – all in an effort to ensure state lawmakers know what school board members think and to consider those ideas while making new laws.

The CASB Advocacy Team is also instrumental in keeping members informed about what is happening at the state capitol and providing insights on how board members themselves can be active in the legislative process.

Federal Level Advocacy:

Just as important is advocacy at the federal level. Federal laws, such as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as the No Child Left Behind Act, have a significant impact on school board members’ work.

The CASB Advocacy Team works with the Colorado Federal Relations Network to ensure lawmakers in Washington, D.C. also consider how their decisions impact education at the local level.

Keeping Members Informed

Information on CASB's legislative action is distributed through:

Grassroots Advocacy Toolkits help you connect with policymakers

CASB provides these toolkits as a service to you, to help you make that critical connection. Start early! Building a relationship now will pay big dividends when you want to reach your representatives and senators during the legislative session. Good luck!

Get Involved!

You can become involved in CASB's advocacy efforts! CASB is always interested in helping school boards and districts tell their stories to legislators. For more information, contact Jane Urschel, deputy executive director.