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Advocacy is the foundation of your PTA. Colorado PTA wants to help you become a stronger advocate for your child and every child. Please join us at the annual Colorado PTA Legislative Conference where you will have the opportunity to hear from and speak to our state legislators, network with other PTA members on issues and concerns that affect our children, and participate in informative workshops to enhance your skills as a PTA advocate. I look forward to joining you at the Capitol on this day of education and advocacy.Cindy Daisley
Contact the Colorado PTA office, (303) 420-7820 or toll free (888) 225-8234 or email the Legislative Conference Committee.
The Annual Colorado PTA Legislative Conference is on Friday, March 3, 2017. Colorado PTA is excited to gather at the State Capitol on this day to learn about the current issues affecting our children and engage in active advocacy with our legislators.
About The Conference Colorado PTA has served as a nonsectarian, nonpartisan advocate for the children and for parental engagement since its founding in 1907. The organization is an integral part of the advocacy scene at the Colorado Legislature; from being a principal partner in the 2013 Year of the Student project to providing testimony in Senate and House Committees meetings on a number of bills. The 2017 Conference welcomes members and supporters from across the state to continue PTA’s legacy and engage in a day of education and advocacy.
- ESSA: From the Inside Out – Old Supreme Court Chambers, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Advocacy happens at every level; within the school and local community, as well as the district, state, and federal levels. This past year members of our PTA community were chosen to be a part of the “spoke and hub” committees at the Colorado Department of Education creating the ESSA plan for the State of Colorado. This panel will give you a chance to hear from PTA members about their unique experiences on their respective committees, what the implementation of ESSA could mean for your District and school, and how your parent engagement matters.
- School Funding: The Bumpy Road Ahead – Old Supreme Court Chambers, 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
Lisa Weil, Executive Director of Great Education Colorado will start off this session with a look at the current state of school finance and proposed legislation active in the Colorado legislature. Then, she will take your school finance questions, no matter how big or small, and give you real-time answers to the current state of school funding and outlook to the future. Wondering about mill-levy equalization, proposed tax in crease to marijuana and TABOR to start? No questions are off limits as we explore the school funding crisis across the state of Colorado.
Legislation Question & Answer Sessions – 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
- Open Legislation Update: Part 1
Visit with Colorado legislators to discuss non-education related topics and issues.
- Education Legislation Update: Part 2
In this discussion education focused legislation will be the focus. Colorado legislators with current legislation pending will share with you their current education bills, purpose and status updates.
Legislators Scheduled to Participate:
Rep. Janet Buckner
Sen Andy Kerr
Rep. Susan Lontine
Rep. Brittany Pettersen
Sen. Nancy Todd
Sen. Rachel Zenzinger
WHERE: Colorado State Capitol WHEN: Friday, March 3, 2017, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
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