Capitol Week in Review

Legislation | 03/29/2021

Bri Buentello
Government Affairs Director

Legislative Update

HB21-1010, concerning increasing the diversity of Colorado's educators in elementary and secondary public schools, passed out of the House Education Committee on a 9-0 vote. This bill would require teacher prep programs to report statistics around teachers that pass the teaching licensure exam, disaggregated by race, an important accountability action for ensuring teaching programs don't create further gaps in the teacher diversity pipeline.

HB21-1200, which will ensure that our Colorado students are financially literate, passed out of the House Education Committee on a 9-0 vote. This bill highlights education around budgets, income earning potential, and student loan debt.

Next week, the House Education committee will hear HB21-1029, sponsored by Representative Tim Geitner, which would allow districts to use their READ Act intervention dollars to use unaccredited and unapproved programs for intervention for two full years before reviewing the data or changing their practices.

For a full list of education bills, check out Chalkbeat’s Colorado Education Bill Tracker.

Our Take

We strongly oppose HB21-1029. A successful implementation of the READ Act relies on scientifically based literacy instruction and aligned curriculums and programming. Parent, Educator, and Stand Advocacy Fellow, Kaye Taavialma said, “At a minimum, we need to ensure every teacher is equipped with the tools and training they need to successfully serve students. Anything less is an explicit infringement on the READ Act and an abandonment of this state’s responsibility to students.”

Currently, districts select curriculum from a list of programs aligned to scientifically based approaches to literacy instruction. At best, this bill will lead to wasteful spending on unaligned programs and at worst it means not supporting teachers with tools to successfully help students learn to read.

We know what works, so let's ensure that districts, schools, and educators have what they need to teach students how to read.

Take Action

Ask your representatives to support SB21-182 today!

Senate Bill 182 builds stronger, healthier schools in Colorado by addressing racial inequity, keeping students learning in school, and ending unnecessary involvement with the criminal justice system.

For More Information

Colorado Education Bill Tracker Chalkbeat

Children of color are much more likely to face harsh discipline. This Colorado bill seeks to change that.

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