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Advocacy is more than just lobbying.  Advocacy is building and maintaining relationships and access.  The public, and public entities, are entitled to receive competent representation during the lawmaking process.  Legislative procedure can be complicated and coarse.  At times, members of Utah’s citizen legislature, well intended, don’t have all the information they need to make good, wise, and honest decisions.  Without professional advocates educating policymakers on the intricacies of certain policies and budget items, bad decisions with unintended consequences may occur.  Also, advocates provide “checks and balances” on other competing organizations with varying interests.  Advocacy is about legitimacy, transparency, and respect.

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ACTIVELY ADVOCATING

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Kim Frank has represented charter schools on Utah’s Capitol Hill for more than a dozen years.  Kim has served as UCN’s Executive Director since its first year of operations (2011).  Prior to that time, Kim helped to created UAPCS, and served twice as its Executive Director (as well as its Director of Policy and Advocacy).  She has been personally responsible for sweeping charter policy and budgetary changes statewide for the growth and benefit of Utah’s movement.  Kim is a respected advisor and “go-to” person on all-things-charter school at the Capitol.  All four of Kim’s children have attended public charter schools.

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KIM FRANK

UCN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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CRAIG FRANK

UCN BOARD MEMBER | LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS

Craig Frank is an active UCN Board Member.  Craig served in the Utah State House of Representatives from 2003-2010, and 2012.  While serving in the legislature, Craig was a member of the House Public Education Standing Committee, and, Chaired the House Government Operations Standing Committee.  Craig has been a small business owner in Utah County since 1994.  He is married to Kim Frank.  He and Kim have four children, all of whom have attended charter schools.

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