Capitol Week in Review

Legislation | 04/01/2019

Amy Pitlik
Director of Government Relations

As we head into the last full month of the legislative session, our parent members and leaders have been working tirelessly to advocate for fully-funded full-day kindergarten. You can watch the Facebook Live video of Ruby and Governor Polis here and read about a round table discussion on full-day kindergarten we recently hosted with the Governor here. If you would like to share why you support full-day kindergarten click here

Read on for the bills we watched this past week and the bills we’re keeping an eye on in the future.

Monday:

  • HB-1194, School Discipline For Preschool Through Second Grade (Rep. Lontine, D-Denver; Rep. Larson, R-Littleton; Sen. Priola, R-Henderson; Sen. Fields, D-Aurora) was introduced in the Senate and assigned to Education.
  • SB-003, Educator Loan Forgiveness Program (Sen. Zenzinger, D-Arvada; Sen. Coram, R-Montrose; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida) was introduced in the House and assigned to Education and Appropriations.
  • SB-009, Financial Incentives for Rural Educators (Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida) was signed by the Governor.
  •  SB-010, Professional Behavioral Health Services for Schools (Sen. Fields, D-Aurora; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Sen. Valdez, D-La Jara) was introduced in the House and assigned to Education and Appropriations.
  • SB-216, High School Innovative Learning Pilot (Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village; Rep. Bird, D-Westminster) was introduced in the Senate and assigned to Education. The proposed bill would create a pilot program that supports districts in creating innovative learning opportunities through a grant.

Tuesday:

  • HB-1196, Financial Aid for Students With In-state Tuition (Sen. Gonzales-Gutierrez, D-Denver; Sen. Moreno, D-Commerce City) was introduced in the Senate and assigned to Education. The bill would expand financial aid opportunities in higher ed for students classified as in-state.
  • HB-1276, Ninth Grade Success Grant Program (Rep. Buentello, D-Swink; Rep. Exum, D-Colorado Springs; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora, R-Montrose) was introduced in the House and assigned to Education and Appropriations. The bill would create a grant program that helps schools and districts implement programs to ensure ninth-graders stay on track for graduation.

Wednesday:

  • HB-1277, Computer Science Grant Program (Sen. Esgar, D-Pueblo; Rep. Cutter, D-Evergreen; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Winter, D-Thornton) was introduced in the House and assigned to Education and Appropriations.

Thursday:

  • SB-207, FY 2019-20 Long Bill (Sen. Moreno, D-Commerce City; Rep. Esgar, D-Pueblo) Passed the House on third reading. You can read more about the proposed bill here.
  • HB-1249, Safety and Accountability in School Contracts, (Rep. Galindo, D-Greeley; Rep. Sirota, D-Denver; Sen. Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge) was layed over.

 

Friday:

  • SB19-195, Child and Youth Behavioral Health System Enhancements (Sens. Fields and Gardner, Reps. Kraft Tharp and Landgraf) was referred to Senate Health & Human Services

Next week we’re watching the following.

  • Three bills will be heard in the House Education Committee on Tuesday: HB-1252,College Credit for Work Experience (Rep. Geitner, R-Monument; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango); SB-003, Educator Loan Forgiveness Program (Sen. Zenzinger, D-Arvada; Sen. Coram, R-Montrose; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida); and SB-183, Alternate Procedure to Reorganize School Districts (Sen. Priola, R-Henderson; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida).
  • The Senate Education Committee is reviewing HB-1206, Higher Education Supplemental Academic Instruction (Rep. Coleman, D-Denver; Rep. Larson, R-Littleton; Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village; Sen. Lundeen, R-Colorado Springs) and SB-176, Expanding Concurrent Enrollment Opportunities (Sen. Lundeen, R-Colorado Springs; Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village; Rep. McCluskie, D-Dillon; Rep. Geitner, R-Monument) on Wednesday.
  • On Thursday, SB-190, Teacher Preparation Program Support (Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Rankin, R-Carbondale; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida) and SB-199, READ Act Implementation Measures (Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Rankin, R-Carbondale; Rep. McCluskie, D-Dillon; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida) will be heard in the Senate Education Committee.

 

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