Today concludes the last full week of the 2018 Colorado General Assembly and the final push to get bills through before the May 9th adjournment is underway.
The Governor signed HB-1332, Collaborative Educator Preparation Program Grants (Rep. M. Hamner, D-Dillon; Rep. B. Rankin, R-Carbondale; Sen. D. Moreno, D-Commerce City) on Monday which aims to address the teacher shortage by creating a grant program that would support collaborative educator preparation initiatives. The 2018-2019 Long Appropriations Act (HB-1322) was also signed into law on Monday.
On Tuesday, the Senate considered House amendments to SB-085, Financial Incentives For Education in Rural Areas (Sen. N. Todd, D-Aurora; Rep. B. McLachlan, D-Durango), and voted to request a conference committee.
SB-013, the Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act (Sen. R. Fields, D-Aurora; Sen. B. Gardner, R-Colorado Springs) was introduced in the House and assigned to the Education Committee on Wednesday. If passed, the bill will extend the grade of eligibility for free lunches for students who qualify from fifth to eighth grade. Also on Wednesday, the Senate voted not to concur with House amendments on the contentious bill making modifications to the Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA), SB-200 (Sen. J. Tate, R-Centennial; Sen. K. Priola, R-Henderson; Rep. KC Becker, D-Boulder; Rep. D. Pabon, D-Denver), and sent it to conference committee in an attempt to reconcile differences between the two versions.
The House considered Senate amendments to HB-1189, Expanding Effective Teacher Residency Programs (Rep. B. Pettersen, D-Lakewood; Rep. L. Sias, R-Arvada; Sen. O. Hill, R-Colorado Springs; Sen. N. Todd, D-Aurora), with the result to lay over any decision making.
HB-1393, the early literacy policy we have been working closely with lawmakers on, passed the Senate this afternoon. The bill was heard in the Senate State Affairs and Senate Appropriations Committees this week. You can find more information about this bill and show your support on our website. Up next for HB 1393 is concurrence in the House to reconcile the differences made by the Senate. The Senate also did a second reading of HB-1412, Retaining Teachers Grant Program (Rep. J. Buckner, D-Aurora; Rep. P. Lundeen, R-Monument; Sen. O. Hill, Colorado Springs), and passed it with no amendments. Both bills are going through a third reading for final passage in the Senate today along with HB-1309, Programs Addressing Educator Shortages (Rep. J. Coleman, D-Denver, Rep. J. Wilson, R-Salida) Sen. O. Hill, R-Colorado Springs).
Next week, the House Education Committee will hear the school lunch bill (SB-013) on Monday. Conference committees will report on SB-085, Financial Incentives for Education in Rural Areas, and the PERA modifications bill (SB-200) on Wednesday.
One more week of session left! Have a great weekend.