Capitol Week in Review

Legislation | 02/18/2022

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 

HB22-1003 Youth Delinquency Prevention and Intervention Grants, which would create a pilot program to distribute funds through the office of public safety to projects that reduce crime among youth, passed out of the House Education Committee and was referred to the Committee on Appropriations.  

HB22-1038 Right to Counsel for Youth, which will ensure a juvenile's right to legal representation, passed unanimously out of the House Judiciary Committee and was referred to the Committee of the Whole.   

HB22-1067 Clarifying Changes to Ensure Prompt Bond Hearings, which will ensure that suspects with limited means won’t be detained longer than necessary, passed out of the House Judiciary Committee and was referred to the Committee on Appropriations.  

HB22-1107 Inclusive Higher Education Opportunities, which aims to create higher education opportunities for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, passed unanimously out of the House Education Committee and was referred to the Committee of the Whole.  

HB22-1131 Reduce Justice-Involvement for Young Children was heard in the House Judiciary Committee and was laid over to likely later this month. This bill prohibits juvenile court prosecution of children 12 years and younger, except for homicide. This bill will also end the transfer of 12- and 13-year-olds from juvenile to adult court. 

HB22-1220 Removing Barriers to Educator Preparation, which will remove barriers in educator preparation to support educator candidates entering the workforce, is scheduled to be heard by the House Education Committee on Wednesday, February 23. 

SB22-087 Healthy Meals for All Public School Students is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Thursday, February 24. This bill creates a program to reimburse school food authorities for free meals provided to students who are not eligible for free or reduced-price meals. 

SB22-099 Sealing Criminal Records is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, February 24. This bill will automatically seal the criminal records of individuals who are convicted of a non-violent offense if the person has completed their sentence, completed a waiting period of several years, and has not committed another criminal offense. 

SB22-127 Special Education Funding, which increases special education funding, passed unanimously out of the Senate Education Committee.  

Our Take  

We are proud to champion HB22-1220 because we see this policy as a pathway to increasing teacher diversity in Colorado. We know that removing financial barriers and increasing pathways to licensure will ensure a more diverse educator workforce, which is critical for all of Colorado’s students to experience just and supportive schools.  

Read more about our support for HB1220 here

Take Action 

ASK JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO END THE PROSECUTION OF CHILDREN! 

HB22-1131, Reduce Justice-involvement for Young Children, will end the prosecution of children 12 years and younger and empower alternative child-serving systems, including mental health, education, and child welfare agencies, to address the behavior, deliver treatment and family supports instead of prosecution.  

Tell policymakers you support HB22-1131 today! 

Pamela Kaspar, parent and Stand Advocacy Fellow, shared her story in support of HB22-1131 saying, 

“Though I will always struggle with the effects of childhood trauma, I’m fortunate that trauma was not compounded by incarceration, and have studied the impacts and lasting effects of such trauma on children in my social work studies. Please, let’s stand for children make sure that these kids get the help that they need to become fully-actualized adults, not just wards of the state for life—it’ll mean more stability and opportunities for these kids” 

For More Information 

HB1220: Support Increasing Teacher Diversity, Stand for Children 

Universal free preschool is coming. How will Colorado ensure quality?, Chalkbeat 

Special education funding bill brings Colorado close to 2006 promises, Chalkbeat 

Colorado Education Bill Tracker 2022, Chalkbeat 

 

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