This Week at the Capitol: March 17

Current Events & News, Legislation | 03/17/2017

Amy Pitlik
Government Affairs Director

Amy is Stand for Children's Government Affairs Director.

This week, we had the privilege of bringing 29 parents and educators to the Capitol for our annual Stand for Children lobby day. They had the chance to tour the building, listen to committee hearings, and meet with legislators from the House and Senate. We are so grateful for the devoted parents and teachers who took the time to advocate for strong standards and an equitable education for all children.

Under the Gold Dome

On March 14, the Senate passed SB17-061 by Sens. Angela Williams (D-Denver) and Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs) on a vote of 22-13. The bill would require a school district to distribute mill levy dollars equally on a per-pupil basis to all schools they oversee, including charter schools. Currently, districts are not required to share the revenue from mill levies equally with district-operated charter schools.

SB17-144 by Rep. Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood) passed the House Education Committee on March 13 on a 9-4 vote. The bill, which previously passed the Senate unanimously, continues the Education Data Advisory Committee.

On March 13, the House Education Committee discussed HB17-1210 by Reps. Susan Lontine (D-Denver) and Janet Buckner (D-Aurora). The bill, which passed 8-5, would prohibit a school from expelling a student in pre-kindergarten through second grade, unless it was specifically required by federal law. The school could instead impose an out=of-school suspension for no more than three days. 

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