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Colorado Association of School Executives honors state leaders with 2019 CASE Policy Leader Awards

Wednesday, August 21, 2019  
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Melissa Gibson
CASE Director of Communications and Strategic Partners

Colorado Association of School Executives honors state leaders with 2019 CASE Policy Leader Awards

DENVER, CO – The Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) presented the CASE Policy Leader Award to two individuals at the recent 50th Annual CASE Convention last month. This prestigious award is given annually to one or more persons who are non-educators, and who have made a significant positive impact on Colorado public education and CASE’s advocacy efforts.

The 2019 award recipients are Representative Barbara McLachlan and Senator Nancy Todd, who have both been strong partners to CASE, and important advocates for K-12 education at the Capitol. As former educators themselves—both Representative McLachlan and Senator Todd were teachers prior to running for office—they have a unique perspective and particular interest in advocating for Colorado’s students and educators, and they use their positions of power to fight for—and meet—those needs.



Right: Representative Barbara McLachlan, Left: Senator Nancy Todd

“The 2019 CASE Policy Leader Award honorees have both been important and longtime friends to CASE. Their leadership and support of Colorado’s public education system is unwavering, and they both have the track records to prove it,” said CASE Executive Director Lisa Escárcega. “CASE is enormously grateful to Representative McLachlan and Senator Todd for their crucial roles in bettering our state’s public education. We look forward to continuing to work with them at the Capitol in coming sessions.”

The 2019 legislative session was a particularly fruitful one for public education with several major wins that both Representative McLachlan and Senator Todd played a role in passing through to Governor Polis’ desk. Specifically, as the chair of the House Education Committee, Rep. McLachlan sponsored legislation on professional development for principals (HB 19-1002), a bill resolving difficulties with fingerprinting options for prospective district employees and volunteers (HB 19-1186), and, of course, HB 19-1262, which provides state funding for full-day kindergarten.

Senator Todd has sponsored a very long list of bills over the years that have positively impacted public education in Colorado, and 2019 was no different. In addition to sponsoring key influential legislation, such as a bill that removes the limit on the number of financial incentive stipends for students in teacher preparation programs who agree to teach in a rural school or school district (SB 19-009), or a bill that convenes a working group to better support students with dyslexia (HB 19-1134), she sponsored the 2019 School Finance Act. This year’s budget for public education was one of the best that CASE has seen in years. It not only made significant investments in Colorado schools, but it also continued the buy-down of the budget stabilization factor.

CASE is grateful to Representative McLachlan and Senator Todd for their continued support of CASE’s advocacy efforts, and looks forward to continuing a strong working relationship with them at the Capitol.



The Colorado Association of School Executives ( is the preeminent professional association for public school administrators in Colorado. The organization’s mission is to empower Colorado education leaders through advocacy, professional learning and networking to deliver on the promise of public education.