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Guidelines for Public Comment at State Board of Education Meetings

 

How can I address the State Board of Education?

Members of the public are welcome to speak before the State Board of Education during the scheduled public comment periods at every regular board meeting.  Alternatively, if in-person attendance is not feasible, the public is welcome to submit written comments (state.board@cde.state.co.us) to be distributed to each board member or, by request, have their comments read into the record during the public comment period. State board meetings are always the second Wednesday and Thursday of the month, unless otherwise noted.  View the full schedule of meetings or view current and past meeting agendas.

Unless otherwise noted, two public comment periods are held on Wednesday. The first is usually from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and second opportunity is held at the end of the day, typically around 4:30 or 5 p.m.  

How does public comment work?

Public comment sign-up sheets for both the morning and afternoon sessions are located outside the state board room door.  The board chairwoman will read the names on the sign-up sheet in the order individuals sign up. 

To provide all members of the public with an equal opportunity to speak to the board, each individual is limited to three minutes for their remarks, unless otherwise noted. 

What else should I know about public comment?

Members of the public can speak to any topic, with one exception noted below, but please note that board members do not respond or ask questions during public comment.  Printed materials may be provided as well.  Please bring nine copies, one for each board member, one for the commissioner of education and one for the state board relations director.

The state board cannot hear comments related to any quasi-judicial matters. These matters include charter school appeals, accountability clock hearings and teacher discipline matters.

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