Capitol Week in Review

Legislation | 06/07/2021

Bri Buentello
Government Affairs Director

Legislative Update

HB21-1304, which creates the Department of Early Childhood Education, passed the House and the Senate and is headed to the Governor for signing.

HB21-1315, which eliminates fees associated with the juvenile justice system, passed the House and Senate and is headed to the Governor for signing.

SB21-185, which seeks to address the teacher shortage in Colorado, passed the House and Senate and is headed to the Governor for signing.

HB21-1194, which creates the immigration legal defense fund, passed the Senate. It now heads to the Governor for signing.

HB21-1258, which creates a temporary rapid response program to increase access to mental health care for youth including 3 free mental health counseling sessions to address the immediate needs of youth and age-appropriate mental health screenings for Colorado youth, passed the Senate. It now heads to the Governor for signing.

The School Finance Act passed the House and the Senate. The bill updates the school finance formula by adding students who are eligible for reduced-price lunch as a funding factor and adding students who are English language learners as a funding factor. It now heads to the Governor for signing.

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

Our Take

School Finance Win!

We are elated to see the School Finance Act include the additional funding factors that we’ve been advocating for alongside you. This is a huge win and helps ensure the students who need support the most can get it.

Teacher Diversity Win!

SB21-185 takes meaningful steps towards a more diverse educator workforce in Colorado, a shift that is one of our top priorities in working for an antiracist education system. As Dr. Aaron Griffen, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at DSST Public Schools, puts it, “All students benefit from a diverse teaching staff- period.” Read Dr. Griffen’s full comments here.

Take Action

Join us in celebrating a huge win for school funding!

Thank Lawmakers for Equitably Funding Our Schools

Massive Funding Headed to CO Schools--How Do YOU Want it Spent?

The American Rescue Plan, designed to help the nation recover from the financial devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, includes K-12 education. Colorado districts and schools are receiving a massive infusion of funding (more than $1.7 billion).

Take the poll: How do you want your school district to spend this money?

For More Information

Overhaul of Colorado school funding may be in the works, Chalkbeat

Colorado’s education pie just got bigger. Now lawmakers want to give a larger slice to higher-needs students., Chalkbeat

Colorado Education Bill Tracker, Chalkbeat

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