Policy

May 2015 Colorado Legislative Agenda

Current Colorado Education Policy Issues (May 2015)

Testing legislation passed that addresses testing in Colorado classrooms. 

Denver Post summary

Chalkbeat's article on the bill

The bill reduces reading and literacy testing for K-3 students, maintains 9th grade PARCC English and math tests but eliminates 11th and 12th grade PARCC tests.  Paper and pencil testing options left up to the school (not decided at the parent or district level).  Parents and students can opt-out of testing without being punished (teachers, schools and districts however still held accountable).  Districts must be transparent about the amount of time spent on testing identifying each test as district, state, or federally required.

Summary of other bills passed just as 2015 legislative session ends
DPS shifting more special education duties to charter schools
CO Education-bill-tracker

  

January 2015 Upcoming Colorado Legislative Agenda

Colorado House Calendar

Monday, January 26
Room 0112 Education at 1:30 p.m
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HB15-1024 Pettersen--Increasing Number Of CO Preschool Program Students. Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative
Commission. The statute currently authorizes funding for 20,160 children to participate in the Colorado preschool program as half-time or full-time preschool students. In addition, the statute authorizes funding for 8,200 children as Colorado preschool program students or as full-day kindergarten students, when combined with a school district's other funding for kindergarten students. The bill funds an additional 3,000 children only as half-time or full-time preschool students.

HB15-1001 Pettersen and Garnett--Early Childhood Educator Development Scholarships.  The bill creates the early childhood educator development fund (fund) within the department of human services (state department). The fund consists of general fund appropriations and gifts, grants, or donations that the state department may receive. The state department must distribute the moneys in the fund to tax-exempt nonprofit corporations or institutions of higher education (qualifying entities) for scholarship programs to assist early childhood education professionals in obtaining a postsecondary credential in early childhood education.

HB15-1020 Wilson--Funding For Full-day Kindergarten. For the 2015-16 budget year, the bill increases the supplemental
kindergarten enrollment so that each school district can count a kindergarten student as a full-day student. Also, during the 2015-16 budget year, a school district can include in its pupil count all students who are eligible for enrollment in kindergarten, regardless of whether they are actually enrolled. A school district that does not actually provide a full-day kindergarten program during the 2015-16 budget year must use the revenues received from the supplemental kindergarten enrollment and all revenues received for students who are not enrolled in kindergarten to expand its kindergarten facilities.

HB15-1027 Salazar--In-state Tuition American Indian Tribes Ties to CO. The bill requires a state-supported institution of higher education to classify as an in-state student for tuition purposes a student who is a member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe with historical ties to Colorado, as designated by the Colorado commission of Indian affairs in consultation with history Colorado. A student classified as an in-state student pursuant to this tuition classification may be counted as a resident for any purpose pursuant to title 23, C.R.S., and is eligible for state financial aid and the college opportunity fund stipend. The bill exempts Fort Lewis college from its provisions.

HB15-1053 Ransom--Ages For Compulsory Education. Under current law, a child who is at least 6 years of age and under 17 years of age must attend school. The bill changes the ages of compulsory education to at least 7 years of age and under 16 years of age.

 

 National Policy

Rosa's Law

Bill # S.2781
Amends the Higher Education Act of 1965, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Public Health Service Act, the Health Professions Education Partnerships Act of 1998, the National Sickle Cell Anemia Act, Cooley's Anemia, Tay-Sachs, and Genetic Diseases Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and other federal enactments and regulations to change references to mental retardation to references to an intellectual disability.

To Aid Gifted and High-Ability Learners by Empowering the Nation's Teachers Act or TALENT Act
Bill # S.857
To Aid Gifted and High-Ability Learners by Empowering the Nation's Teachers Act or TALENT Act - Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require state assessments of student proficiency to be vertically scaled and capable of measuring student proficiency above the grade level in which the student is enrolled.

Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act
Bill # H.R.1891
Repeals specified provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

Keep Our Promise to America's Children and Teachers Act
Bill # H.R.864
Makes appropriations for school improvement programs under part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 for FY2011-FY2015; The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, including specified amounts for FY2011-FY2015 and an amount determined pursuant to a specified formula (based on the number of children who received special education, the average per-pupil expenditure, and the rate of change in a state's population) for FY2016 and thereafter.

 

To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools to increase implementation of school-wide positive behavior supports.
Bill # H.R.2597

Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to allow states to allocate school improvement funds under title I of the ESEA for coordinated, early intervention services for all students. Includes among such services, school Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to allow states to allocate school improvement funds under title I of the ESEA for coordinated, early intervention services for all students. Includes among such services, school wide positive behavior supports, defined as a systematic approach to embed proven practices for early intervention services in order to achieve important social outcomes and increase student learning, while preventing problem behaviors with positive behavior supports, defined as a systematic approach to embed proven practices for early intervention services in order to achieve important social outcomes and increase student learning, while preventing problem behaviors.

 

To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to establish the Teacher Incentive Fund Program, and for other purposes.
Bill # H.R.3683
Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to create a Teacher Incentive Fund program of competitive grants to assist states, local educational agencies (LEAs), and nonprofit organizations to develop, implement, or improve, appraisal and performance-based compensation systems to reward teachers and principals who raise student academic achievement and close the achievement gap, especially in the highest-need schools.

Bill # H.R.3578
To amend part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to provide full Federal funding of such part.

 

Bill # S.1652
A bill to amend part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to provide full Federal funding of such part.

Keeping All Students Safe Act
Bill # H.R.1381
Directs the Secretary of Education (Secretary) to establish minimum standards that prohibit elementary and secondary school personnel from managing any student by using any mechanical or chemical restraint, physical restraint or escort that restricts breathing, or aversive behavioral intervention that compromises student health and safety.
 

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