Capitol Week in Review

Legislation | 03/12/2022

Krista Spurgin
Executive Director

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

Legislative Update

HB22-1038 Right To Counsel For Youth, which will ensure a juvenile's right to legal representation, is scheduled to be heard in the House Judiciary Committee on March 16.

HB22-1049 Prohibiting Transcript And Diploma Withholding, which will prevent higher education institutions from holding back academic credits in attempt to collect a debt, is scheduled to be heard in the House Education Committee on March 17.  

HB22-1064 Prohibit Flavored Tobacco Regulate Synthetic Nicotine, which prohibits flavored tobacco, is scheduled to be heard in the House Health and Insurance Committee on March 16.     

HB22-1131 Reduce Justice-involvement For Young Children passed out of the House Judiciary Committee. This bill prohibits juvenile court prosecution of children 12 years and younger, except for homicide. It will also end the transfer of 12- and 13-year-olds from juvenile to adult court. 

HB22-1248 Extend School Leadership Pilot Program, which makes the “Grow Your Own Principal” pilot program permanent, is scheduled to be heard in the House Education Committee on March 16. 

SB22-044 Use Of Student Growth In Educator Evaluations, which is designed to downsize administrator paperwork, while also assuring quality professional evaluation and feedback for educators, was postponed indefinitely in the Senate Education Committee. 

SB22-023 Deceptive Tactics Juvenile Custodian Interrogation, which will prevent law enforcement from lying to juveniles in order to extract a confession, is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 15.    

State Board of Education 

The State Board of Education met on March 9. Colorado Department of Education (CDE) staff provided updates and the Board engaged in a discussion on a variety of topics including legislative activity, READ Act teacher training, and ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds. We have listed some relevant highlights below.  

Legislative Update 

To date, the Colorado State Board of Education is in official support of three bills: SB22-004 Evidence-based Training In Science Of Reading, HB22-1215 Study Of Expanding Extended High School Programs, and HB22-1248 Extend School Leadership Pilot Program.  

READ Act Teacher Training 

About 20,000 teachers have enrolled and about 7,500 have completed the required teacher training. Districts have identified data collection to provide evidence of training completion as a key challenge. CDE staff clarified that teachers can individually submit evidence of completion on their own via the COOL system. The Board confirmed their expectation for districts to adhere to the reporting requirements and ensure K-3 teachers complete the required training by the August 15 deadline. Learn more here.  

ESSER Funds Update 

CDE staff presented an update on delegation and implementation of ESSER funds. The state has dedicated funding to a variety of programs such as high impact tutoring programs, educator workforce support grants, literacy and math curriculum updates, and technical assistance programs. Additional programs are in development such as expanded learning opportunities programs and professional learning programs.   

Our Take 

We are incredibly grateful to the Board and energized by the educators who have enrolled in and completed their Read Act Training for their commitment to early literacy.

We’ve heard powerful stories of growth from educators who have completed their training and we are excited that the Board’s continued commitment to prioritizing the science of reading is impacting students across Colorado! 

Read how the training and use of the science of reading has impacted Molly and Megan’s students.  

Take Action

ASK LAWMAKERS TO PRIORITIZING FUNDING TO INCREASE TEACHER DIVERSITY  

HB22-1220 Removing Barriers To Educator Preparation, legislation that provides a pathway to increasing teacher diversity in Colorado, passed the House Education Committee.  

Now, funding for this bill needs to be prioritized in the budget. Lawmakers need to hear from you that this bill is important!

For More Information

Despite pushback, Colorado will enforce K-3 teacher training on reading as planned, Chalkbeat

Colorado Education Bill Tracker 2022 , Chalkbeat 

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