This week, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) held their annual Smart Act Hearing with the Joint House and Senate Education committees. Commissioner Anthes highlighted CDE’s work throughout 2019 and laid out their 2020 legislative priorities, regulatory agendas, and budget requests.
The Department also provided reports for certain grant programs. Find more information here.
Next week, there are no scheduled hearings for the priority legislation we are tracking. However, next Thursday afternoon the Joint Education Committees will hear a presentation on teacher shortage and briefings by the Joint Budget Committee.
For our long-time readers, you may notice that we’ll be reporting on fewer pieces of legislation this session. In order to add a little more context to our work, we’ve decided to keep our ‘Week in Review’ focused on the legislation we’ve identified as a priority for our organization. You should expect to see updates on any bills focused on expansion of Pre-K, school funding, concurrent enrollment and similar high school policies, K-12 accountability, and – of course – early literacy.
Of the over 250 bills introduced thus far, we are tracking about 50 pieces of legislation and expect to actively engage on about half of those. As additional pieces of legislation get introduced and the committees start hearing more bills, you can expect more robust updates.
For a full rundown of bills related to K-12, we encourage you to keep tabs on Chalkbeat’s bill tracker.