It was a busy week for education news at the Capitol. Notably, Governor Jared Polis testified at the Joint Education Committee in support of funding full-day kindergarten in Colorado, saying “We simply need to ensure that kindergarten is treated as the critical part of our public education infrastructure that it is.” You can read more here.
We’ve kept a close eye on quite a few education bills the last couple of days. On Monday the House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs postponed further action on HB-1005, Income Tax Credit for Early Childhood Educators (Rep. Buckner, D-Aurora; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Priola, R-Henderson) indefinitely.
The House Education Committee referred HB-1066, Counting Special Education In Graduation Rates (Rep. Buentello, D-Swink; Rep. Kipp, D-Fort Collins) with amendments to the House Committee of the Whole on Tuesday. That same day, the House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs postponed HB-1101, Prohibit Discrimination Labor Union Participation (Rep. Ransom, R-Littleton; Sen. Smallwood, R-Parker), indefinitely and HB-1008, Include Career and Technical Education in Building Excellent Schools Today Program (Rep. Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada; Rep. Larson, R-Littleton; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Lundeen, R-Colorado Springs) was introduced in the Senate and assigned to Education.
On Wednesday, the Senate Education Committee referred SB-094, Extend School Finance Interim Committee (Sen. Lundeen, R-Colorado Springs; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Rep. Garnett, D-Denver) to Appropriations without amendments. A hearing for HB-1032, Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education (Rep. Lontine, D-Denver; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora) in the House Committee on Health & Insurance went late into the evening and resulted in the bill being referred, with amendments, to Appropriations. Also on Wednesday, SB-009, Financial Incentives for Rural Educators (Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida) passed its third reading in the Senate Education Committee without amendments.
Senator Lundeen’s (R-Colorado Springs) bill, SB-074, which would have created a voucher program for parents to purchase “literacy enrichment products and services” was postponed indefinitely in the Senate Education Committee. Meanwhile, HB-1059, Remove Redundant Language in Educator Licensing, was introduced in the Senate and assigned to Education and SB-060, Educator Supplies Tax Credit (Sen. Hill, R-Colorado Springs) was laid over without amendments in the Senate Finance Committee.
Coming up next week: HB-1100, Prohibit Use Restriction on School District Property (Rep. Geitner, R-Monument) will go through a second reading in the House on Monday. The House Education Committee will review HB-1053, Computer Science Courses Offered in Schools (Rep. Valdez, D-La Jara; Rep. Catlin, R-Montrose; Sen. Coram, R-Montrose; Sen. Rodriguez, D-Denver) and HB-1110, Media Literacy (Rep. Cutter, D-Evergreen) on Tuesday. On Thursday, the Senate Education Committee will review SB-102, Innovation School Operating as a Community School (Sen. Zenzinger, D-Arvada; Rep. Titone, D-Arvada) and the House Education Committee will look at HB-1017, Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade Social and Emotional Health Act (Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City; Sen. Fields, D-Aurora).
Be sure to look out for next week’s update to find out what happens to these bills and for more education news!