Happy Friday and Groundhog Day! It was a packed week under the Gold Dome with no signs of slowing down in the coming months.
The first half of the week was a busy one for the House Education Committee. On Monday, HB-1002 Representative M. Hamner (D-Dillon) and Representative Bob Rankin’s (R-Carbondale) bill regarding Rural School District Teaching Fellowship Programs was referred with amendments to Appropriations. That same day, HB-1005, Notice to Students of Postsecondary Courses (Representative J. Becker D-Fort Morgan, Representative B. Pettersen D-Lakewood), was referred with amendments to the House. The bill as written would require schools to inform students and families of the benefits of completing concurrent enrollment courses in addition to notifying them of the availability of those courses.
On Wednesday, we kept an eye on, SB-004, Funding For Full-Day Kindergarten (Senator A. Kerr, D-Lakewood), which was heard in committee with witness testimonies.
Things are really ramping up next week with nearly 20 education bills moving through committees. On Monday, we will continue watching HB-1005 (Notice to Students of Postsecondary Courses) and SB-004 (Funding For Full-Day Kindergarten) as the former goes through a second reading and the latter is heard in the Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee. HB-1014, Social Studies Assessment in High Schools (Representative P. Buck, R-Windsor) will also be heard in the House Education Committee on this day.
On Tuesday, SB-083 (Senator K. Lundberg, R-Berthoud and Representative K. Ransom, R-Littleton), Education Income Tax Credits For Nonpublic School will be heard in the Senate Finance Committee. This bill would allow taxpayers to claim a credit if they have a child enrolled in a private school.
Next Thursday afternoon, we’ll be watching three bills concerning education as they go through the Senate Education Committee. The first, SB-011 (Senator A. Kerr D-Lakewood, Senator C. Holbert R-Parker, Representative P. Lundeen R-Monument, Representative T. Kraft-Tharp D-Arvada), clarifies current laws that prevent punishment of a student whose parent excuses them from taking a state assessment. SB-099 (Senator K. Priola R-Henderson, Senator M. Merrifield D-Colorado Springs, Representative J. Wilson R-Salida, Representative Brittany Petersen D-Lakewood) will create more alignment among early childhood quality improvement programs and the third, SB-151 (Senator K. Priola R-Henderson, Senator R. Fields D-Aurora, Representative J. Wilson R-Salida, Representative J. Buckner D-Aurora), will require the Department of Education to research bullying prevention with the expressed goal of developing and implementing effective policies.
Check next week’s This Week at the Capitol to get the lowdown on these bills, and more!