Marcia Neal (R)
3rd Congressional District, Grand Junction
Terms of Office: January 2009 – January 2021
Marcia Neal was elected chair of the Colorado State Board of Education on January 7, 2015. She has served as a member of the board for the 3rd Congressional District since January 2009, and she began her second term on the board on January 7, 2015.
In 2010, Neal cast a vote against the Common Core, voting alongside former Congressman Bob Schaffer and County Commissioner Peggy Littleton.
Neal grew up on a ranch in Gunnison, Colo. She attended Gunnison schools and earned a B.A. and M.A. from Western State College. She has been a business owner of a bookstore, had a 21-year career in teaching, finishing at Grand Junction High School, where she taught U.S. history and world geography.
She was elected to the board of education for Mesa County School District #51 in 1997 and served eight years. In that capacity she also served on the Colorado Association of School Boards Resolution Legislative Committee and was a consistent voice for educational reform.
She also served on the BOCES Board at the Bishop Campus of Western Colo. Community College (formerly known as UTEC) and was committed to its Career and Technical Focus. In 2005 she was chosen as an All-State Board member, one of five members state-wide.
She serves on the Chamber of Commerce Business/Education Partnership Committee and is an active member of the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee.
At the 2012 annual meeting of the Children's Land Alliance Supporting Schools, held in Eugene, Oregon, Neal was selected to serve on the Board of Governors for the Children's Land Alliance Supporting Schools. CLASS is a non-profit alliance of educators, state trustee agencies, developers and children advocates devoted to raising awareness about school trust lands and their impact on school funding for students. CLASS is the only organization of its kind which uses information on trust law and protections provided by state Constitution in order to conduct research, provide information, training and support services to educational organizations. An annual conference is held each summer where members can network, learn and share new ideas, challenges, solutions and goals. Neal has been active with CLASS Colorado, the state organization, since 2009, representing the Colorado State Board of Education.
Neal is a widow with three adult children and seven grandchildren, five of whom attended Colorado public schools, and two grandchildren who reside in Georgia who are home schooled.
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