Capitol Week in Review

Legislation | 01/21/2022

Bri Buentello
Government Affairs Director

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

Legislative Update 

SB22-004 Evidence-based Training In Science Of Reading, which ensures that building level administrators and school librarians are trained in current best practices regarding teaching the science of reading, was introduced in the Senate. 

SB22-008 Higher Education Support For Foster Youth, which will give foster kids who were placed out of Colorado the undergraduate tuition rate, was introduced in the Senate. 

SB22-023 Deceptive Tactics Juvenile Custodian Interrogation, which will prevent law enforcement from lying to juveniles in order to extract a confession was introduced in the Senate.  

SB22-070 Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade Licensed Personnel Performance Evaluations, which contains the recommendations of the governor's taskforce regarding teacher evaluations was introduced in the Senate. This bill is designed to downsize administrator paperwork, while also assuring quality professional evaluation and feedback for educators.  

SB22-087 Healthy Meals For All Public School Students, which will ensure that no Colorado student will go hungry because they can't pay while they attend public school, was introduced in the Senate. 

HB22-1002 Fifth Year High School Concurrent Enrollment, which will ensure that foster kids can access concurrent enrollment classes, was introduced in the House. 

HB22-1003 Youth Delinquency Prevention And Intervention Grants, which creates a pilot program to distribute funds to projects that demonstrate a community-based response to reduce crime among youth and those in areas with high rates of crime among youth, was introduced in the House. 

HB22-1010 Early Childhood Educator Income Tax Credit, which gives educators a tax break for dollars they spend in their classrooms, was introduced in the House.  

HB22-1038 Right To Counsel For Youth, which will ensure a juvenile's right to legal representation, was introduced in the House.  

HB22-1049 Prohibiting Transcript And Diploma Withholding, which will prevent higher education institutions from holding back academic credits in attempt to collect a debt, was introduced in the House.  

HB22-1052 Promoting Crisis Services To Students, which will earmark funds to promote awareness about public mental health resources, was introduced in the House. 

HB22-1057 Public Employees' Retirement Association Employment After Teacher Retirement, which will temporarily help alleviate the staffing shortages by allowing retirees to work more than 110 school days without it impacting their retirement benefits, was introduced in the House. 

HB22-1065 Emergency Mental Health Treatment And Evaluation Standard was introduced in the House. This bill changes the standard for an emergency 72-hour mental health commitment for treatment and evaluation to include when a person appears to have a mental health disorder or be gravely disabled and, because of such mental health disorder or being gravely disabled, appears to present an imminent or substantial risk of self-harm. 



House Education Committee 


Our Take  

Over 30 years of research shows that there are evidence-backed ways to teach students to read. Yet many teachers say that they have not been equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful. Colorado has taken meaningful steps to improve literacy outcomes including supporting teachers with training in the science of reading.  

Over 14,000 Colorado teachers are enrolled in science of reading training, and 7,000 teachers have completed their training. Principals and administrators should also be trained with the most up-to-date, research-based knowledge of how students learn to read so that they can support teachers in effectively utilizing the science of reading in their literacy instruction.   

That’s why we’re proud to champion SB22-004 SB22-004 Evidence-based Training In Science Of Reading.

Ensuring that school leaders are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and best practices outlined in the science of reading research would improve alignment with and support of teachers, drastically improving effective implementation of the READ Act. 

“Historically, different belief systems about teaching reading have created a disjointed approach that just hasn't facilitated growth for those who struggle the most. Now more than ever, I think we can all agree that we simply don't have any time to waste.” Sarah Tilton, Colorado Reading Interventionist 

Take Action 

Tell lawmakers you support SB22-004!  

Tell lawmakers you support legislation to expand science of reading training to principals and administrators. Send an email with one click!

 Email the Senate Education Committee

For More Information 

2022 Policy Priorities: Early Literacy, Stand 

Colorado’s 2022 legislative session: A look at the first education bills, Chalkbeat 

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