Navigate Up
Marin COE

Marin County Joint Legislative Advisory Committee

 photograph lifted and altered from the original at, copyright: Lynn Eichinger, used with permission
 Marin County Joint Legislative Advisory Committee
Over fifteen years ago School Board Trustees and Superintendents decided that they could be more effective on behalf of the children of Marin County and as advocates for public education by joining together to create the Joint Legislative Advisory Committee (JLAC).  Through the cost-effective sharing of resources, school districts can monitor and provide input on legislative issues that impact the schools.  Representing all 19 school districts in Marin County, the JLAC:
  • Priorities & Advocacy for legislative issues important to the 30,000 students in Marin County.
  • Meets monthly with legislative aides to monitor pending legislation and the State Budget.
  • Contracts with the firm of Frost, Davis and Donnelly to represent Marin in Sacramento.
  • Coordinates an annual January legislative seminar to bring over fifty board members and superintendents to meet  in Sacramento with State public officials and address issues of high priority to education in Marin County.​


JLAC Goals 
  • To better understand the overall legislative process and to understand the current legislative issues and the proposed Governor’s budget. 


  • To establish contact and develop relationships with our own legislators and their legislative aides in Sacramento and in their local districts, as well as other individuals and groups which affect education policy, legislation and budget, with a special emphasis on JLAC’s legislative priorities.


  • To develop a cohesive team of Superintendents and Board members who actively promote the interests of all children in California as well as the specific needs of students in Marin County.


  • To have a real impact on the legislative process and school funding influencing the development and approval of legislation and school funding which will meet needs specific to Marin County as well as all students in California.​

Co-Chairs for JLAC

Mike Watenpaugh, Superintendent​
San Rafael City Schools

Bruce Abbott, Trustee​
Dixie School District Board

2014-15  Meeting Dates
All Meetings are Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. at the Marin County Office of Education unless otherwise noted*
September 17, 2014
October 15, 2014
November 19, 2014
December 10, 2014
January 21, 2015 (Sacramento Seminar)
February 11, 2015
March 18, 2015 
May 20, 20145


JLACPriorities12.pdfJLAC Legislative Priorities 2011-2012


HistoryofAdvocacy.pdfHistory on Legislative Advocacy on Special Education