The Colorado General Assembly has officially surpassed its 100th day, and will begin to ramp up its workload in order to finish by the May 6 deadline. Bills are still being introduced in both the House and Senate, leaving legislators with packed committee hearings and late nights. Currently, 697 bills and resolutions have been introduced, with more than 280 that have been signed into law or postponed indefinitely. A number of contentious topics remain on the table, including school finance, construction defects, police reform, and the use of marijuana severance taxes.
As the Colorado legislature surpasses its halfway point, more than 500 bills and resolutions have been introduced, with just over 100 being postponed indefinitely. Governor Hickenlooper has expressed a strong desire to find compromise on large outstanding issues, including construction defects, oil and gas regulations, and transportation funding. Additionally, the Long Bill is scheduled for introduction on March 23, and a slate of education and workforce development bills continue to make their way through the Capitol.
Here’s what happened at the Capitol last week and a look at what’s ahead.
Charter School Networks Bill Passes House
On March 4, the House passed HB15-1184 by Rep. Susan Lontine (D-Denver) on a 63-0 vote. The bill seeks to codify current practices among charter school networks without impacting an authorizer’s ability to oversee the operations of each charter school.
Stand for Children’s mission is to is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education. To meet these needs and expectations, Stand Colorado pursues policy priorities based on principles we believe are critical success factors for our education system. Learn more about what we stand for here. We’re making sure our elected officials at the Capitol think about what’s best for Colorado’s kids.
While academic tests can provide valuable information to parents, students, educators, administrators, and policymakers, there has been growing concern about excessive testing of K-12 students. To address this concern in Colorado, the 1202 Standards and Assessments Task Force was created in 2014. The Task Force was charged with examining the implementation of assessments and recommending options for reducing state testing requirements.
2014 was a big year for Stand for Children but an even bigger year for Colorado’s kids. As we look back at this year’s accomplishments, we’re grateful for all that we’ve achieved to make sure our students graduate high school ready for college and the careers of tomorrow.
Here are four of our big wins for students in 2014: