Capitol Week in Review: MIDPOINT

Legislation | 03/17/2022

Stand for Children Colorado

Welcome to a special edition of Capitol Week in Review, our weekly update on education policy at the Capitol! Saturday, March 12 marked the halfway point for Colorado’s 2022 legislative session, and we are excited to share updates on our top priority bills this session. Read Chalkbeat’s informative coverage of the education related legislation introduced to date here

Early Literacy 

Early Literacy – Senate Bill 22-004 Evidence-based Training in Science of Reading 

SB22-004 Evidence-based Training In Science Of Reading will ensure principals and administrators who oversee K-3 teachers will be trained in the science of reading. 

Status: The bill passed unanimously out of the Senate Education Committee in early February. Three educators joined us to deliver their testimony in support of the bill and Stand community members sent 1197 emails to lawmakers asking for their support. 

Next step: It is waiting to be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee. If it passes, it will move on to the House. 

Take Action – STAY ENGAGED WITH SB22-004 THIS SESSION! 

Sign up here to receive updates and opportunities to take action as this bill moves through the rest of legislative session! 

Read more about our support of SB22-004 here.

Just and Supportive Schools and Communities 

Teacher Diversity – House Bill 22-1220 Removing Barriers to Educator Preparation 

HB22-1220 Removing Barriers to Educator Preparation will remove barriers in educator preparation to support educator candidates entering the workforce. 

Status: The bill passed with an 8-1 vote out of the House Education Committee in early March. Three educators joined us to deliver their testimony in support of the bill and Stand community members have taken 232 actions in support of the legislation. 

Next Step: It is waiting to be heard in the House Appropriations Committee and Joint Budget Committee and if it passes through Appropriations and the Joint Budget Committee, it will move to the Senate.  

Take Action – TELL LAWMAKERS TO PRIOIRTIZE FUNDING FOR HB22-1220 

A critical step before this legislation can become reality is for funding for this bill to be prioritized in the budget. Lawmakers need to hear from you that this bill is important! Email policymakers and ask them to prioritize funding for HB22-1220 in the budget with one click! 

Read more about our support for HB22-1220 here.  

Clean Slate – Senate Bill 22-099 Sealing Criminal Records 

SB22-099 Sealing Criminal Records 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. 

Status: The bill passed unanimously out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Parent and Stand Advocacy Fellow, Natalie, submitted her testimony in support of the bill and Stand community members have taken 103 actions in support of the legislation. 

Next Step: It is waiting to be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee. If it passes, it will move on to the House.  

Take Action – THANK LAWMAKERS FOR PRIORITIZING JUST & SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITIES 

Click here to thank Senate Judiciary Committee Members for supporting legislation to create pathways for safe and supportive families and communities. 

Read more about our support for SB22-099 here.  

School Funding – House Bill 22-1202 At-risk Student Measure For School Finance 

HB22-1202 At-risk Student Measure For School Finance expands the at-risk factor by identifying students at-risk based on enrollment in public benefit programs and census block data. 

Status: The bill passed 8-3 out of House Appropriations Committee. Two Stand Advocacy Fellows and one parent who works with Stand delivered their testimonies in support of the bill in House Education and Stand community members have sent 396 emails to lawmakers asking for their support. 

Next Step: It will be debated on Second Readings on the House Floor today, March 18, 2022. The final vote will take place early next week, and if it passes, it will then move on to the Senate.   

Take Action – STAY ENGAGED WITH HB22-1202 THIS SESSION! 

Sign up here to receive updates and opportunities to take action as this bill moves through the rest of legislative session! 

Read more about our support for HB22-1202 herehttps://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb22-070

Supportive Schools 

During this year’s legislative session, we are advocating for policy change to address disproportionate discipline of BIPOC students and students with disabilities. We are anticipating a bill within the next week and will update you as soon as it’s introduced!  

Take Action – SIGN THE PETITION TO SUPPORT JUST & SUPPORTIVE SCHOOLS!  

Sign the petition to show your support for policy to address disproportionate discipline of BIPOC students and students with disabilities. 

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