For more information contact:

Michelle Murphy 720-771-7515

The Mission of the Colorado Rural Schools Alliance is to advocate on rural issues and increase awareness of the unique strengths and challenges in Colorado’s rural schools and communities.

 Guiding Principles
The Rural Alliance Board is committed to ensuring adequate and equitable access to quality education for all students in rural Colorado and has identified the following priorities:

Rural Advocacy Resources

  • Full Funding:  Schools should be fully funded and not forced to compete for grants to fund critical programs/positions.
  • Flexibility: Many/most state mandates are designed for larger urban and suburban systems. Rural districts should have flexibility to implement state priorities in a manner suited to their specific contexts with guidance and support from CDE.
  • Accountability:  The State’s accountability system should provide an accurate picture of the work in rural districts as well as timely data for educators and parents.