• Your Student's Best Advocate is You! 

    It is more important than ever that School Board members are informed about the issues impacting K-12 education in Colorado. Nobody knows the challenges that your community is facing better than you. It is vital that you educate yourself about the issues and be ready to speak up. If you have any questions about the CASB Advocacy Team please contact Director of Public Policy and Advocacy Matt Cook, mcook@casb.org

    The Advocacy Toolbox

    Use the tools and resources on this page to educate and inform yourself about the issues currently facing Colorado K-12 Education.
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    Laying the Foundation

    First begin building your plan by understanding your constituency and building a relationship with your legislator. These two articles should get you on your way.

    • Advocacy and Your Legislator—A step process in creating an Individualized Lobbying Plan for your legislator.
    • Advocacy and Your Community—An introduction to engaging your community so you can learn your community’s competing community values that come into play in board decision-making.  You must know what your community wants for your schools and for the community so you’re able to advocate on their behalf.

    Getting to Work

    This action plan will help you organize your grassroots lobbying efforts. Use this action plan as a guide and reminder of what to do during various times of the year.

    Lobbying With Candidates During an Election Year

    Perhaps your state representative or senator has been term limited out of office or is not running for re-election. This does not mean your grassroots efforts are on hold. Instead, it’s the ideal time to begin building a relationship with the person who will eventually become your legislator. Download this guide to grassroots lobbying with candidates.


    Advocacy Lobbying at the Federal Level – Ensure the Local Voice is Heard

    Washington, D.C. may be 1,500 miles away, but it’s still important for Colorado’s members of Congress to hear from you, the local voice of the community. With all of the rule making and regulations being decided on for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the re-authorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) the decisions made on Capitol Hill will have big impacts on Colorado Classrooms. Stay in touch with the Colorado Congressional Delegation using these resources.

    The following toolkit focuses on lobbying from the local level to the federal level.

    Laying the Foundation

    Both CASB and the National School Board Association (NSBA) have useful resources for becoming well-versed on federal education issues.

    Getting to Work

    The best way to impact Colorado’s Congressional delegation on education issues is to have regular meaningful interaction with members of Congress while they are at home in your district. Become knowledgeable on federal education issues, share your knowledge with other school board members and educate your Congressional representatives about the unique aspects of your school district and region.

    To help you get started, use the following documents as a guide to lobbying Congress: