Happy Friday and welcome back to This Week at the Capitol.
The House Education Committee kicked off the week with three bills: HB-1088, Funding for Full-day Kindergarten (Rep. J. Wilson, R-Salida) and HB-1193, Extend Advanced Placement Incentives Program (Rep. J. Wilson, R-Salida) were both sent off to Appropriations without amendments on Monday. HB-1130, School District-authorized Instructors (Rep. D. Williams, R-Colorado Springs), was passed on Thursday with amendments.
On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee postponed SB-147 (Sen. D. Coram, R-Montrose; Sen. R. Zenzinger D-Arvada; Rep. B. Rankin, R-Carbondale; Rep. B. McLachlan, D-Durango) indefinitely, effectively killing the bill. SB-147 would have revised a program that would pay off educational loans for teachers, especially those in hard-to-fill positions.
The Senate Education Committee also took a look at two bills on Valentine’s Day: SB-099, Align Early Childhood Quality Improvement Programs (Sen. K. Priola, R-Henderson; Sen. M. Merrifield, D-Colorado Springs; Rep. J. Wilson, R-Salida; Rep. Brittany Petersen, D-Lakewood); and SB-151, Colorado Department of Education Bullying Policies Research (Sen. K. Priola, R-Henderson; Sen. R. Fields, D-Aurora; Rep. J. Wilson, R-Salida; Rep. J. Buckner, D-Aurora). Both were referred with amendments to Senate Committee of the Whole.
Coming up this next week: Tuesday will be a busy one for education bills. The Senate will be doing second readings of three bills, two of which we just saw this week: SB-099, Align Early Childhood Quality Improvement Programs and SB-151, Colorado Department of Education Bullying Policies Research (Sen. K. Priola, R-Henderson; Sen. R. Fields, D-Aurora; Rep. J. Wilson, R-Salida; Rep. J. Buckner, D-Aurora). There will also be a reading of SB-160, Charter School Induction and Alternative Licensure Program (Sen. K. Lambert, R-Colorado Springs; Rep. M. Hamner, D-Dillon).
The State, Veterans, & Military Affairs committee will look at HB-1037, Concealed Handguns on School Grounds (Rep. P. Neville, R-Castle Rock; Sen. T. Neville, R-Littleton), on Wednesday. The bill would remove a current limitation that prohibits permit holders from carrying a concealed handgun on public school grounds.
On Thursday, the Senate Education Committee will hear SB-159, Innovation School Operating As A Community School (Sen. R. Zenzinger, D-Arvada). The bill would further define a “community school” and permit a public school to create plans to operate as one in its innovation plan.
Have a great (three day, for some) weekend and we’ll see you back here for updates next week!