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CASB Serving You, 18Jun21

CASB Serving You!

June 18, 2021
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CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

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NSBA Poll Results

The National School Boards Action Center today released a national public opinion poll on public education. You can access the poll by going directly to the NSBAC website at https://nsbac.org The findings are from a nationwide survey of 1,000 likely 2022 voters with oversamples of 100 African American, 100 Latinx, 100 AAPI, 100 Native American, and 100 parents of school-age children who are likely 2022 voters. The poll results are available to the public.

 Some highlights include:

  • Voters continue to value the job public schools are doing in their community with 55 percent rating them positively.
  • Learning loss among students due to the COVID-19 pandemic is a key priority, with 88 percent saying it is a problem, including 65 percent who say it is a "very big" problem.
  • 89 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of Republicans, and 70 percent of independents view easier access to technology and broadband as important. The largest obstacle for public school districts, named by 66 percent of voters as challenging, was having quality broadband and internet access at home to attend school online.
  • 59 percent of voters think funding for public schools should be increased. Of those who believe it should be increased, 86 percent would support an increase in funding even if it meant they would pay more in taxes.
  • 61 percent of voters say it is better to allocate funds to improving public education and schools, compared to only 18 percent who support vouchers to pay for students to attend private or religiously affiliated schools.
  • 74 percent say a lack of personalized learning focused on individual needs is a problem. 
View NSBAC's 2021 National Poll

CDE COVID-19 Learning Impacts Toolkit

Toolkit 1.0 Design

The Learning Impacts Toolkit is a starting point for responding to the impacts of the pandemic. The content of the Toolkit will evolve over time to respond to needs of school and district leaders. The Toolkit consists of these components:

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The Future of Preschool in Colorado newsletter

Last November, Colorado voters passed a ballot measure that will pay for all children in their year before kindergarten to attend preschool at least 10 hours per week. With the program beginning in two years, policymakers must act now to identify how universal preschool will work. 

Knowing this, Governor Polis asked the Colorado Children’s Campaign to lead a process of gathering input from state and local leaders, early care and education advocates, preschool providers, educators, and families. Early Milestones Colorado supported this process by assisting with data, research, and policy insights. We also produced seven topical briefs to share findings from the Future of Preschool in Colorado Engagement Process
 
Published in April, the first three briefs provided an overview of the work and explored universal preschool governance and funding. We are now pleased to offer the remaining four briefs of the series, which discuss the early childhood workforce, program quality, participation, and community input.

READ THE BRIEFS

The final brief, which summarizes community input from more than 60 listening sessions, is also available in Spanish.  
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF PRESCHOOL
 

Explorando el futuro del preescolar en Colorado 


Estimados amigos y colegas,

En noviembre pasado, los votantes de Colorado aprobaron una medida electoral que pagará para que todos los niños en su año antes del jardín de infantes asistan al preescolar al menos 10 horas por semana. Con el programa comenzando en dos años, los tomadores de decisiones deben actuar ahora para identificar cómo funcionará el preescolar universal.

Sabiendo esto, el Gobernador Polis pidió a la Campaña de los Niños de Colorado que liderara un proceso de recolección de aportes de líderes estatales y locales, defensores de la educación y cuidado temprano, proveedores preescolares, educadores y familias. Early Milestones Colorado apoyó este proceso al ayudar con datos, investigaciones y perspectivas de políticas. También producimos siete informes de actualidad para compartir los hallazgos del Proceso de Compromiso del Futuro de Preescolar en Colorado.

Publicado en Abril, los tres primeros informes proporcionaron una visión general del trabajo y exploraron la gobernanza preescolar universal y la financiación. Ahora nos complace ofrecer los cuatro breves restantes de la serie, que discuten la fuerza laboral de la primera infancia, la calidad del programa, la participación y el aporte de la comunidad.

LEA LOS INFORMES
El informe final, que resume la entrada de la comunidad de más de 60 sesiones de escucha, también está disponible en español.  
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CASB Serving You, 11Jun21

CASB Serving You!

June 11, 2021
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CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

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Department of Early Childhood Transition Planning

Department of Early Childhood Transition Planning

The Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC) is tasked with approving a plan to transition to the new agency, as well as to guide the state’s new universal preschool program. As part of this transition process, the ECLC will engage a wide range of stakeholders—including parents/families, members of the early childhood workforce, providers, school districts, human services leaders, and others—to ensure recommendations are representative of the unique and diverse voices across Colorado. You can learn more about these efforts here (Spanish version here).

You’re invited to participate in this important process by completing an online interest form in English or Spanish to share the perspective you would like to bring to the Transition Advisory Group or one of its Subgroups no later than June 21, 2021. 

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Education in a Pandemic: The Disparate Impacts of COVID-19 on America’s Students

Federal education officials highlight a host of pandemic-induced inequities in a lengthy report touching on everything from learning loss to mental health consequences. The department also announced a series of “equity summits” starting June 22 and regulations to ensure pandemic stimulus money is distributed equitably to districts and schools.

Download report

CASB Serving You, 4June21

CASB Serving You!

June 4, 2021
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CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

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The Scoop, June 2, 2021

 
 
 

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

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CASB Serving You - May 28, 2021

CASB Serving You!

May 28, 2021
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CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

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Bridging the Talent Gap Survey

Help make sure employers voices are heard by getting the word out about Bridging the Talent Gap 

To ensure Colorado has a skilled and educated workforce, it is crucial that the voice and needs of employers guide the development of lasting solutions for increasing attainment and addressing local skill shortages. Due to the importance of building talent development solutions that are industry-driven and data-informed, partners in the TalentFOUND network are leading efforts to administer the Bridging the Talent Gap employer survey. The survey is designed to understand the skills gaps Colorado businesses face and identify how education and training programs can help close those gaps.

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Start Schools Stronger Summit set for June 14

Join CASB, CASE, CEA, CDE, PEBC, and the Rural Alliance for an educational summit that will allow school districts to bring together teams of administrators, teachers, and school board members for an in-person convening to learn about the latest in safety & health, mental health & social emotional learning, and accelerating learning. The event is FREE! Stay tuned for more details.

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CASB Serving You, 21May21

CASB Serving You!

May 21, 2021
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CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

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The Scoop

 
 
 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

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CASB Serving You, 14May21

CASB Serving You!

May 14, 2021
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CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

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The Scoop

 
 
 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

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LCS School Finance Booklet

Colorado Legislative Council Services recently published the latest edition of its school finance booklet. The booklet explains how Colorado finances its public elementary and secondary schools, with a focus on the funding formula in state law. It also describes several other statutory provisions related to school district funding, including a description of revenue earmarked for specific functions, other local sources of revenue, categorical programs, and the Colorado Preschool Program.

School Finance Booklet

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Wednesday, May 05, 2021

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CASB Serving You, 7May21

CASB Serving You!

May 7, 2021
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CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

  • The next Board President Cafe is scheduled for May 13 and board presidents are welcome to sign up. The May 13 topic is: How do the responsibilities and role of the board president differ amongst districts? Register here
  • CASB, in partnership with the Colorado Secretary of State's Office, will provide a school election seminars on Wednesday, June 16:
    • School election seminar (Part I) from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
      • Provides an overview of the School Director Election process — including the roles and responsibilities for boards, designated election officials (DEOs), and county clerks and recorders, candidate eligibility, the petition process, and more. This webinar is open to all but is designed mainly for DEOs and potential candidates. Register here
    • School elections seminar (Part II) from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      • Provides an overview of campaign finance — including committees, disclosure reports and filing requirements, contributions, and more. This webinar is open to all but is designed mainly for potential school board candidates. Register here
  • Mark your calendars for CASB in-person events this fall: Regional Meetings are taking place in September-October, Fall Delegate Assembly Conference will be in Fort Collins on Oct 22-23, and the CASB Convention will be Dec 2-4.

ADVOCACY

  • There are about 90 education-related bills that would influence public education introduced so far this session. You can find all the details on CASB’s interactive bill graphic and bill tracker. Some items worth highlighting include:
  • The May 7 School Board Advocate addresses many topics: Where is the School Finance Act?; YES on HB21-1294; Early Childhood in Colorado; Bill Update; Assembling in Fort Collins
  • Potential November ballot issues that have the potential of reducing tax revenues by as much as $1.5B collectively have received the green light to collect signatures:
    • Initiatives #30 and #31 would reduce Colorado personal and corporate income taxes to either 4.5% or 4.4% from the current rate of 4.55%.
    • Separate rulings from the Title Board granted title to initiatives  #26, #27 and #28  which would reduce property taxes on Colorado residential and commercial property.
  • CASB’s Key Legislative Priorities are on the website and available for sharing with members and asking them to connect with their Key Legislators.

POLICY AND LEGAL

NSBA UPDATES

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • May is Mental Health Month — Mental Health America has released its May is Mental Health Month toolkit. This year’s toolkit focuses on the Tools 2 Thrive theme to provide strategies and tools to help us all move through the challenges faced during the last year and develop practices to help us thrive.

This mission of the Colorado Association of School Boards is to advance excellence in public education and equity for each and every student through effective leadership by the collective action of locally elected boards of education.

CDE Update

 

April 30, 2021

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