Before we dive into the legislation we tracked this week, here are two news stories we are following:
- The Joint Budget Committee (JBC) held public comment for the first time in known history this past Monday. Two Stand parents testified in support of funding full-day Kindergarten.
- Governor Polis announced that he would not intervene in the pay dispute between Denver Public Schools and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association on Thursday. His decision means that Denver teachers can go on strike on Monday, February 11th.
On Monday, SB-129, Regulation Of Online Schools (Sen. Story, D-Littleton; Rep. Froelich, D-Greenwood Village), was introduced in the Senate and assigned to Education.
The House Education Committee postponed HB-1053, Computer Science Courses Offered in Schools (Rep. Valdez, D-La Jara; Rep. Catlin, R-Montrose; Sen. Coram, R-Monrose; Sen. Rodriguez, D-Denver) indefinitely on Tuesday. SB-060, Educator Supplies Tax Credit (Sen. Hill, R-Colorado Springs) was also postponed indefinitely by the Senate Finance Committee. Meanwhile HB-1171, Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act (Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City) was introduced in the House and assigned to both Education and Appropriations. A bill that would include students in special education in graduation rates, HB-1066 (Rep. Buentello, D-Swink; Rep. Kipp, D-Fort Collins), passed a third reading in the House without amendments.
HB-1100, Prohibit Use Restriction on School District Property (Rep. Geitner, R-Monument) passed a third reading in the House without amendments on Wednesday.
Thursday was a busy day for education bills. The House Education Committee referred HB-1055, Public School Cap Construction Financial Assistance (Rep. Bird, D-Westminster) without amendments to Finance and referred HB-1110, Media Literacy (Rep. Cutter, D-Evergreen) with amendments to Appropriations. SB-095 (Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Holbert, R-Parker; Rep. Hansen, D-Denver), which reviews the funding formula for higher ed institutions, was referred by the Senate Education Committee to the committee of the whole. Also on Thursday, SB-128, School Finance Mid-Year Adjustments (Sen. Moreno,D-Commerce City; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Rep. Esgar, D-Pueblo; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango) passed a third reading in the Senate without amendments.
Next week we’ll be keeping an eye on the following: On Tuesday, HB-1121, Fifth-year High School & ASCENT Program Students (Rep. McCluskie, D-Dillon; Rep. Roberts, D-Eagle) and HB-1116, Hunter Education Courses in Public Schools (Rep. McKean, R-Loveland) will be up in the House Education Committee. 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) will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. The House Education Committee has a packed schedule for Thursday that includes: HB-1017, Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade Social and Emotional Health Act (Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City; Sen. Fields, D-Aurora); HB-1139, American Civics Education (Rep. Carver, R-Colorado Springs); and HB-1151, Special Education Opportunity Scholarships (Special Education Opportunity Scholarships).
Have a great weekend! We’ll see you with more updates next week.