Capitol Week in Review

Legislation | 03/08/2020

Amy Pitlik
Director of Government Affairs

Last Week

In the House Education Committee, SB20-014 Excused Absences in Public Schools For Behavioral Health passed unanimously and was recommend to be placed on the consent calendar.

HB20-1240 Early College Program And P-tech School Expansion passed 9-4 and was referred to appropriations.

In the Senate Education Committee: SB20-184 Add To Public School Financial Literacy Standards passed 5-0 with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.

SB20-185 The Colorado Imagination Library Program was referred to Appropriations Committee on a unanimous vote.

HB20-1135 Replace High School Social Studies Assessment was referred to the Appropriations Committee on a vote of 4-0.

HB20-1007 Diverse Kindergarten Through 12th Grade Educator Workforce Report passed unanimously and was referred to Appropriations.

Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee, SB20-103 Common Guidelines School District Open Enrollment was delayed and will be heard on 3/9.

State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee, HB20-1149 16-year-olds Voting In School District Elections was amended and referred to Appropriations Committee 6-3.

Looking Forward

On Monday, March 9, the Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee will hear two bills at 1:30pm in room SCR 357.

HB20-1066 Contribution Limits School District Director Candidate establishes contribution limits for candidates for school district director.

SB20-103 Common Guidelines School District Open Enrollment establishes application guidelines for schools and school districts to ensure opportunity for all students.

The House Education Committee will hear HB20-1128 Educator Education Requirements Special Education, which requires educators to complete 10 clock hours of professional development around Special Education policy and best practices.

On Thursday, March 12, the House Education Committee will hear HB20-1288 Increase Curriculum Transparency School Literacy seeks to provide more transparency in reading programs implemented in public schools.

Our Take

Since it’s introduction in the House Education Committee, HB20-1007 Diverse Kindergarten Through 12th Grade Educator Workforce Report has had largely bipartisan support. We are excited about the momentum and proud of the leaders who continue to support this incredibly important work in Colorado.

On Thursday, Stand for Children Executive Director, Krista Spurgin, testified in support of the bill before the Senate Education Committee saying, “Improving access to transparent information about educator prep programs is a key step toward ensuring our teacher workforce is more reflective of our student population and barriers are removed for those students who are consistently underserved.”

We will continue to report on important updates with this bill. 

For More Information

For a full rundown of bills related to K-12, we encourage you to keep tabs on  Chalkbeat’s bill tracker. 

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