Capitol Week in Review

Legislation | 01/14/2022

Bri Buentello
Government Affairs Director

Welcome to 2022’s first edition of Capitol Week in Review, a weekly update on education policy at the Capitol! 

Legislative Update 

Wednesday, January 12 marked the start of Colorado’s 2022 legislative session. The General Assembly opened with speeches from lawmakers, many of which centered education as a top issue.  

On Thursday, Governor Jared Polis delivered his State of the State address in which he touched on a variety of education issues. Notably, he acknowledged the historic passing of free full-day kindergarten and universal preschool saying ,"We've done what generations before believed impossible- free full-day kindergarten and universal pre-k..... which gives our youngest Coloradans a strong start in life".  

The State Board of Education also met this week and discussed several topics including a hearing on the Expelled and At-Risk Student Success grant program, as well as the resuming of state testing, accountability, and the ongoing Adams 14 accreditation situation. 


Alexis and her son, who attends full day kindergarten, Benjamin joined Governor Polis, Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera and Stand Government Affairs Director, Bri Buentello for his State of the State address 

Our Take  

Our team remains laser focused on improving early literacy results, high school success, equitable school funding, and just and supportive schools and communities.   

During Colorado’s 2022 legislative session, we will advocate for policy change in the following areas: 

Early literacy 

  • Support educators by expanding science of reading training to school leaders  

  • Identify opportunities to enhance tools for educators to use to communicate literacy growth with families 

Just and supportive schools and communities 

  • Address disproportionate discipline of students of color and students with disabilities  

  • Increase pathways for educators of color to enter the teaching profession 

  • Remove barriers to housing and employment for thousands of Coloradans by automatically sealing records of non-violent offenders who have completed their sentence 

School funding  

  • Advance equitable school funding by updating the school finance formula 

Learn more about our legislative priorities here.  

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For More Information 

In a Nutshell: How a Bill Becomes a Law, Stand for Children  

Funding, school ratings, workforce: Education issues we’re watching in 2022, Chalkbeat 

Education a top priority as Colorado legislature convenes, Chalkbeat 

Colorado State of the State: Polis promises more investment in education, Chalkbeat 

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