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Charter Focus | Fall 2013
the understanding of the
League, including its services
and its impact.
School Services
- Building
charter school quality and
capacity through services,
connections and resources that
promote charter school and
student success.
Operations
- Ensuring the
operational and fiscal health of
the Colorado League of Charter
Schools so it may continue to
provide charter schools with
the resources on which they
have come to depend. 
What does this mean for Charter
School Business Managers?
As a charter school business manager,
you may be thinking, “that’s great, but
what does this mean for me?” We are
excited to share that the League has a
lot in store for business managers in
the not-so-distant future.
1.
Advocacy
: The League will
continue to fight for fiscal equity
for charter schools to make
sure your school is receiving
every dollar possible to provide
students with a high-quality
education. We will keep
you informed about changes
happening that could affect
charter schools (this includes
updates about the upcoming
Amendment 66 ballot initiative
tied to the School Finance Act
and the League’s policy agenda
for the 2014 legislative session).
2.
Business Manager Network
Meetings
: The League is
partnering with the Colorado
Department of Education
Schools of Choice Unit, and
using your feedback, to create
programming for the quarterly
Business Managers Network
meetings that best meets your
needs and expectations.
3.
Focus Groups
: The League will
meet with groups of charter
school business managers to
gather insights on charter school
professional development needs
(particularly related to the
business office), and identify
ways to provide you with the
most beneficial PD opportunities
throughout the year.
4.
Online Resources/Best
Practices
: The League will
overhaul its website and add
many more resources and best
practices materials especially for
business managers. We will also
create a discussion forum where
you can talk to other business
managers and ask for advice,
feedback, etc.
5.
Group Purchasing Program
:
The League will continue to
expand its group purchasing
program opportunities so that
charter schools can get the best
pricing on a variety of products
and services such as technology,
computers, copiers, furnishings,
insurance, and more.
6.
Newsletters
: The League will
continue to publish newsletters
and other resources specifically
for charter school business
managers, with articles written
by your peers and other experts
in the charter school finance and
facilities fields.
We want you to get the most out of
your membership with the Colorado
League of Charter Schools. By offering
the services and resources listed above,
it’s our goal to help charter schools:
1.
Have more access to best
practice resources.
2.
Increase their school’s fiscal
expertise.
3.
Increase purchasing efficiency
and effectiveness; and
4.
Expand usage of products
and services that are not
only cost effective, but also
support safe and healthy school
environments.
If you have any questions about
the League’s services for business
managers, or want to get involved in
focus groups or committees, please
contact Tiffany Kallevik at tkallevik@
coloradoleague.org.
Stacy Rader is the Director of
Communications at the Colorado League of
Charter Schools
.
I
n 2013, Colorado charter schools
celebrate their 20th anniver-
sary. It is also an exciting year for the
Colorado League of Charter Schools. In
May, Nora Flood became the President
of the League, marking the first lead-
ership transition in the organization’s
history.
The League has openly asked charter
schools to not only celebrate this
anniversary, but to look to the future
and think about where the charter
school community is headed. The
League took that same advice, and
over the last few months has reflected
on the successes and challenges
of the past 20 years and used that
as a starting point to clearly and
strategically define our path into
the future. We have considered our
mission and objectives, and created
the outcomes we plan to achieve. We
have also paused to identify what the
League does best. We asked ourselves
and our membership what services
we provide that most impact charter
school quality and positive outcomes
for students.
The League’s objectives for the coming
years include:
Advocacy
- Advancing federal,
state, and local policy that
ensures charter school equity,
autonomy, and accountability
to promote charter school and
student success.
Communications
- Improving
the perception of Colorado
charter schools and increasing
THE COLORADO LEAGUE OF CHARTER
SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES
NEW LEADERSHIP,
NEW FOCUS, AND
NEW OFFERINGS
FOR BUSINESS
MANAGERS
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The Colorado League of Charter Schools is proud to
be the membership association serving more than 200
charter school campuses, and over 97,000 charter
school students in our state. This year we welcome 15
new charter schools who opened their doors this fall.
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