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This Week at the Capitol: April 21

Legislation | 04/21/2017

Amy Pitlik
Director of Government Relations

Happy 101st day of the legislative session! We have officially broken 100 days and the end is nearly in sight! With less than three weeks remaining, Stand for Children’s government affairs team remains committed to ensuring that legislation that reaches the Governor’s desk is in the best interest of all students. For daily updates on Capitol proceedings and stories happening around the state, follow us on Twitter!

Under the Gold Dome

This week, two bills aiming to address school discipline policies were defeated in the Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs. HB17-1210 would have prohibited schools from expelling students in grades K-3 unless required by federal law, and HB17-1211 would have provided funds to school districts to train educators on culturally responsive methods of school discipline. We expect these topics to come up again next session.

On April 17, HB17-1181 by Sen. Kevin Priola (R-Hendersen) passed the Senate with a 33-2 vote. HB 1181 would repeal the requirement for districts to administer PARCC to 9th graders, and replace the assessment with 9th grade PSAT. It remains critically important that assessments are aligned to state standards and show a student’s growth between 8th and 9th grade. 

On April 19, HB17-1003 by Sen. Don Coram (R-Montrose) passed the Senate on third reading with a 20-14 vote. The bill would require the Colorado Departments of Higher Education and Education to examine the recruitment, preparation, and retention of teachers. The departments must then prepare a strategic plan to address teacher shortages in districts and public schools throughout the state. Stand’s Policy Analyst, Chelsea Henkel, previously testified in support of the bill. 

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