The School Board Advocate newsletter is published on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month during the legislative session, the 4th Friday of the month when the legislature is not in session. It is not published in July and December.

School Board Advocate Recordings


School Board Advocate: January 27, 2023
Early Look at School Finance; Say It Loud; CASB Members Under the Dome

School Board Advocate: January 13, 2022
The Work Begins; What to Expect Under the Gold Dome; Governor Polis Budget Priorities; CASB Members at the Capitol

School Board Advocate: November 18, 2022
Colorado Democrats Expand Control at the State Level; Election Information Ballot Initiatives; Colorado Congressional Races; Your Voice; CASB Goes to Washington; Best Wishes for the New Year

School Board Advocate: October 28, 2022
Delegate Assembly Wrap-Up; 2022 Elections; Update: At-Risk Funding Will Not Require FRL Applications; Campaign Fundraising Changes; CASB Goes to Washington; McGuffey Award Winners; Annual Convention

School Board Advocate: September 23, 2022
State Revenue Forcast; Election Update; Fall Conference & Delegate Assembly

School Board Advocate: August 26, 2022
In the Meantime; Department of Early Childhood; November Ballot; Planning for the Fall; Happy New Year!
School Board Advocate Recording

School Board Advocate: May 12, 2022
Sine Die 2022 for the General Assembly; Education Bill Summary; Finances; Student Achievement; Policy Issues; The Work Doesn't End
School Board Advocate Recording

School Board Advocate: April 22, 2022
School Finance...Finally; Department of Early Childhood; Bill Updates; HB22-1376 - Supportive Environments for K12 Students; SB22-202 - State Match for Mill Levy Override Revenue; Colorado Education Funding Ballot Initiative
School Board Advocate Recording

School Board Advocate: April 8, 2022
Days Dwindling Down for General Assembly; Fiscal Year Budget; Bills in Motion; School Finance Act; The 2022 CASB Delegate Assembly
School Board Advocate Recording

School Board Advocate: March 25, 2022

Budget Season at the State Capitol; UPK and the Department of Early Childhood; In Other Capitol Education News
School Board Advocate Recording

School Board Advocate: March 11, 2022
School Funding Decisions Pending as JBC Works to Finish Budget; School Finance Webinars; School Funding Initiative
School Board Advocate Recording

School Board Advocate: March 2, 2022

CASB Winter Legislative Conference - Opening General Session; Lunch General Session; Closing General Session; The Importance of Student Voice in Advocacy Efforts; Rural Advocacy Under the Gold Dome; Legislative Session Updates - House Advances Bill to Limit School Board Candidate Donation Limits; Bill Proposes a Path Back to School Ratings; Stay Up to Date
School Board Advocate Recording

School Board Advocate: February 11, 2022
Senate Leadership Shake-Up; School Funding Adjustments Sailing Through Legislature; PERA and CASB Members; Winter Legislative Conference
School Board Advocate Recording

School Board Advocate: January 28, 2022
At-Risk Student Funding Changes; General Assembly Committees Get to Work; CASB Heard in D.C.; Winter Legislative Conference; January is School Board Recognition Month
School Board Advocate Recording

School Board Advocate: January 14, 2022
2022 Legislative Session Underway; CASB Congressional Meetings; A landmark session for school funding?; More Finance News; Winter Legislative Conference; CASB Advocacy Tools; January is School Board Recognition Month
School Board Advocate Recording

School Board Advocate: November 19, 2021
Budget Battles Off and Running; Legislative District Maps Approved; CASB Convention; CASB Board Elections; Legislative Help

School Board Advocate: October 26,2021
Be It Resolved; Only a few days left to apply for open seats on CASB Board and CHSAA Legislative Council; 2021 November ballot; Legislative Help; News from the Gold Dome
School Board Advocate Recording

School Board Advocate: September 24, 2021
The 21st of September; Interim School Finance Committee; CASB Delegate Assembly; Current openings for the CASB Board of Directors
School Board Advocate Recording

School Board Advocate: August 27, 2021
Back to the Classroom; Interim School Committees; COVID-19 in Children: Colorado Situation Update webinar on Tuesday, August 31, 2021; Last chance to submit your district’s resolutions for the Delegate Assembly; On the Road Again

School Board Advocate: June 9, 2021
Dusk settles on the 2021 Colorado Legislative Session with a modest boost for at-risk students; Education bill roundup; Call for Resolutions open through Friday, August 30

School Board Advocate: May 21, 2021
School Finance Act in the home stretch; Bill to regulate marijuana concentrates moving through legislature; Sine Die?; Save the Date — Start Schools Stronger Summit set for June 14; Assembling in Fort Collins

School Board Advocate: May 7, 2021
Where is the School Finance Act?; YES on HB21-1294; Early Childhood in Colorado; Modest stimulus funding being teed up for schools; Bill update; Assembling in Fort Collins 
NEW! School Board Advocate Recording

School Board Advocate: April 23, 2021
At the halfway mark?; November ballot questions shaping up; Federal news; Delegate Assembly in Fort Collins this October
NEW! School Board Advocate Recording

School Board Advocate: April 9, 2021
Restoration of education funding is the centerpiece of the spending plan; School Finance Act preview; School Discipline; Be it Resolved
NEW! School Board Advocate Recording

School Board Advocate: March 26, 2021
UPDATE: CMAS suspension for select grades (HB21-1161); 2021 Ballot initiatives starting to take shape; Lawmakers take up the budget; SB21-088, Child Sexual Abuse Accountability Act; CASB resolutions time
NEW! School Board Advocate Recording

School Board Advocate: March 12, 2021
More COVID relief on the way; CMAS clock ticking; The millstone of mill levies; Other education bill action

School Board Advocate: February 26, 2021
To test or not to test; Education bills to watch; FCC hears from CASB; Winter Legislative Webinar Series is underway

School Board Advocate: February 12, 2021
Recess is over; The budget; Stimulus; Education; Transportation; Health care and insurance; The rest of the issues; The Capitol; Don’t miss out on the Winter Legislative Webinar series; Are you #PublicSchoolProud? — Get ready to celebrate Public Schools Week

School Board Advocate: January 29, 2021
Key takeaways from the supplemental budget request process; The details behind the Governor’s supplemental budget request made to the Joint Budget Committee; New U.S. Department of Education leadership takes shape; Rural Kids Connect brings together rural students; Parent Advocacy Network invites parent participation; CASB Winter Legislative Webinar Series is free to all members

School Board Advocate: Jan 15, 2021
2021 Colorado General Assembly; Building Relationships with Your Legislators; Federal COVID Funding (ESSER II); Resolution in Support of Suspending State Assessments for the 2020-2021 School Year; Prop EE Rural Funds; Tell the Legislature: Now would be the worst time to cut school funding; Parent Advocacy Opportunities; School Board Recognition Month

School Board Advocate: Nov 20, 2020
No legislative interim break; The November ballot; Ballot initiative breakdown; To a better New Year

School Board Advocate: Oct 23, 2020
Election finish line in sight; CASB Delegate Assembly; 80th Annual CASB Convention

School Board Advocate: Sep 25, 2020
Revenue forecast rollercoaster; Time to assemble for the CASB Delegate Assembly; Local connections made through the CASB Fall Regional Meetings

School Board Advocate: Aug 28, 2020
Welcome back; CASB Delegate Assembly; November ballot; CASB Fall Regional Meetings

School Board Advocate: Jun 26, 2020
Nothing like it ever; Inside the K-12 budget; Other policy proposals look beyond next year; Little accomplished beyond the budget; Recent programs put on hold; PERA before and after; CASB 2020 Legislative Wrap-up meetings; Initiative #271—Fair Tax Colorado needs your support over the next couple of weeks; Thank you

School Board Advocate: May 15, 2020
Revenue forecast; TABOR Emergency Tax; Gallagher repeal; Federal update; CASB member advocacy — All hands on deck; CASB advocacy tools

School Board Advocate: April 24, 2020
Legislative roadmap leading to the Long Bill and School Finance Act; Federal dollars for small business and hospitals; CASB Conversations: Budgeting During a State Fiscal Crisis; Initiative #271 — Fair Tax Colorado — is one possible road to recovery for Colorado' Planning for school in the fall; Planning for the 80th Annual CASB Convention this December; Statewide studies and reports reflect student/community needs and equity issues; CASB advocacy tools

School Board Advocate: April 10, 2020
The return of the General Assembly; CARES Act funding headed to Colorado; Additional COVID-19 resources available to members; Fair Tax Colorado — Initiative #271; CASB advocacy tools

School Board Advocate: March 27, 2020
Colorado lawmakers remain on hiatus, Just what do lawmakers need to do, Help from the Feds, Help from Initiative #271?, Electronic meetings, Thankful, CASB advocacy tools

School Board Advocate – Special Update: March 17, 2020
March 2020 Revenue Forecast, Colorado Supreme Court to weigh in on legislative calendar, CASB advocacy tools

School Board Advocate: March 13, 2020
Joint Statement from CASB, CASE, CEA and Colorado Rural Schools Alliance on COVID-19; Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from the Capitol; NSBA updates related to COVID-19; 2020 Census is now open; CASB advocacy tools

School Board Advocate: March 6, 2020
All means all — Education Accountability and Accreditation Systems Audit; School safety bills await funding decisions; CASB Winter Legislative Conference; CASB advocacy tools

School Board Advocate: February 14, 2020
Session has barely started, but JBC may already be out of money; Opportunity for whom?; Bills, bills, bills; CASB Winter Legislative Conference; CASB advocacy tools

School Board Advocate: January 24, 2020
Can educator pay receive a boost; Resolutions at work; Mark your calendars; CASB advocacy tools

School Board Advocate: January 10, 2020
2020 legislative session is off and running; Democratic leaders promise another activist session, Republicans call for caution; Governor lays out big agenda in State of the State speech; Notable bills; CASB Days at the Capitol; CASB advocacy tools

School Board Advocate: November 22, 2019
Early start to the new year; Governor's budget; New members; Gratitude; CASB advocacy tools

School Board Advocate: October 25, 2019
Mountain assembly; Interim Committees' bill drafting; Rural U.S.A.; Save the dates; CASB advocacy tools

School Board Advocate: September 27, 2019
A Glance into the revenue crystal ball; Falling into the interim; Resolutions lead to our platform; CASB advocacy tools

School Board Advocate: August 23, 2019
Resolution deadline is next Friday, Aug 30; Summer school; PERA on track?; Prop CC on the November ballot

School Board Advocate: July 2, 2019
In the meantime and interim committee work

School Board Advocate: May 9, 2019
2019 Legislative Session resulted in 87 education-related bills

School Board Advocate: April 19, 2019
School Finance Act awaits full Senate vote

School Board Advocate: April 5, 2019
Long Bill's journey is almost complete

School Board Advocate: March 22, 2019
Annual budget debate now underway

School Board Advocate: March 8, 2019
Halftime under the gold dome

School Board Advocate: February 22, 2019
At the table or on the menu?

School Board Advocate: February 8, 2019
Watch four decades of school finance in one minute

School Board Advocate: January 25, 2019
Education Taking Center Stage

School Board Advocate: January 11, 2019
New Year, New Faces

School Board Advocate 2018
School Board Advocate: November 16, 2018
Purple Trends?

School Board Advocate: October 26, 2018
Delegate Assembly Action

School Board Advocate: September 28, 2018
Making a List

School Board Advocate: August 24, 2018
It Is About Time

School Board Advocate: June 22, 2018
What Did We Learn?

School Board Advocate: May 11, 2018
Events on the Last Day and PERA

School Board Advocate: April 27, 2018
Money for Schools

School Board Advocate: April 13, 2018
Bills, Bills and More Bills

School Board Advocate: March 23, 2018
School Finance Pieces Begin to Fall into Place

School Board Advocate: March 9, 2018
Superintendents Tackle Funding Adequacy and Equity

School Board Advocate: February 23, 2018
Students Deserve the BEST

School Board Advocate: February 9, 2018
The Secret Formula

School Board Advocate: January 26, 2018
Join the LRC

School Board Advocate: January 12, 2018
So It Begins

School Board Advocate 2017
School Board Advocate: November 17, 2017
November Happenings

School Board Advocate: October 27, 2017
Gubernatorial Candidates Split on School Funding

School Board Advocate: September 22, 2017
The Right to Assemble

School Board Advocate: August 11, 2017
Resolute in our Resolutions

School Board Advocate: May 19, 2017
Legislative Wrap-Up

School Board Advocate: May 5, 2017
Two-Minute Warning and Finance Fight

School Board Advocate: April 21, 2017
School Finance Act, Assessment Rate, “Vision” for Education

School Board Advocate: April 7, 2017
The Long Bill, budget nitty gritty, possible relief for rural schools

School Board Advocate: March 24, 2017
Long Bill Preview

School Board Advocate: March 10, 2017
Making the Turn and Property Tax About-Face

School Board Advocate: February 24, 2017
Session grinds on, Winter Legislative Conference recap

School Board Advocate: February 10, 2017
Charters and Districts, Steady on Budgets, Advocacy Tools

School Board Advocate: January 27, 2017
Charters and Districts, Budget Whack-a-Mole, Good News?

School Board Advocate: January 13, 2017
2017 legislature, covering the capitol, board agendas and a challenge

School Board Advocate 2016
School Board Advocate: November 21, 2016
Key budget players, tallying the score, Travelin’ JulieMarie

School Board Advocate: October 20, 2016
Fall Delegate Assembly Wrap-Up

School Board Advocate: September 13, 2016
Mission: Possible, urban renewal, Regionals and equity

School Board Advocate: August 10, 2016
School year kick-off, three Rs+CTE and a 70s flashback

School Board Advocate: May 24, 2016
As the world turns, talk to candidates and the big payoff

School Board Advocate: May 16, 2016
2016 Legislative Wrap-up

School Board Advocate: April 25, 2016
Old vs. new and a report from NSBA conference

School Board Advocate: April 12, 2016
School Finance Act, CASB testimony and more

School Board Advocate: March 21, 2016
State budget, Hospital Provider Fee and 'sexting'

School Board Advocate: March 1, 2016
Unintended consequences

School Board Advocate: February 12, 2016
‘Whistleblower’ bill and School Finance 101

School Board Advocate: January 25, 2016
Politics, politics … and more politics

School Board Advocate 2015
School Board Advocate: May 15, 2015
The curtain closes on the great assessment debate

School Board Advocate: April 20, 2015
It’s that time of year

School Board Advocate: April 3, 2015
How is the capitol like school?

School Board Advocate: March 20, 2015
Halfway there…and just getting started

School Board Advocate: March 9, 2015
Speaking with the Speaker

School Board Advocate: February 16, 2015
CASB goes to Washington, D.C.

School Board Advocate: February 2, 2015
Don’t just do something, stand there!

School Board Advocate: January 16, 2015
Sine Die: The end or a new beginning?

From 2012 to 2014, the School Board Advocate newsletter was titled BillBoard.

BB, May 9, 2014
Sine Die: The End or a New Beginning?

BB, April 25, 2014
School finance update: We still need school board members’ help

BB, April 11, 2014
School board voices unite to influence critical vote at capitol

BB, March 28, 2014
A Message from Executive Director Ken DeLay: The Battle for the Negative Factor

BB, March 14, 2014
Momentum continues to build for CASB Days at the Capitol; Join us this Wednesday for the Student Success and Finance Acts

BB, February 28, 2014
Highlights from Winter Legislative Conference

BB, February 7, 2014
Sample local board resolution now available to help erase negative factor

BB, January 24, 2014
And so it begins … The uphill battle to erase the negative factor

BB, January 10, 2014
Uniting school board voices, erasing the negative factor focus of CASB legislative efforts

BB, May 17, 2013
Legislative wrap-up; Jane looks back, looks ahead and looks out

BB, May 3, 2013
School finance bills make their way through the legislature

BB, April 19, 2013
School finance week in review; Day at the Capitol concludes

BB, April 5, 2013
CASB members get private lesson in school finance reform bill

BB, March 22, 2013
School finance reform takes off

BB, March 8, 2013
School finance funding formulas released; Lobato v. State update

BB, February 22, 2013
School Finance Bill Round 1, Winter Conference Recap, Electronic Meeting Bill Passes

BB, February 1, 2013
CASB Heads to DC for FRN Conference, Sets Legislative Priorities

BB, January 18, 2013
Lawmakers Ease into 2013 Legislative Session