2012 Academic Affairs
Bill # Short TitleSponsorsBill SummaryMost Recent StatusCalendar NotificationNews Links
HB12-1043Concurrent Enrollment For Early High School Grads CONTI H.B. 12-1043 Concurrent enrollment - students who graduate early. Under the act, each public school, in developing an individual career and academic plan for each student, will inform the student and the student's parent or legal guardian concerning concurrent enrollment and, at the student's or parent's or legal guardian's request, assist the student in course planning to enable him or her to concurrently enroll. In considering applications for concurrent enrollment, a district superintendent, the superintendent's designee, or the chief administrator of a charter school or high school of a board of cooperative services must give priority consideration to qualified students who, by the time they would concurrently enroll, will have completed the high school graduation requirements. APPROVED by Governor May 24, 2012 EFFECTIVE August 8, 2012 NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause. 05/24/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1061The Skills For Jobs Act KAGAN H.B. 12-1061 Higher education - report - credential production - workforce projections. The act requires the department of higher education (department), in consultation with the department of labor, the department of regulatory agencies, and any other entity the department deems appropriate, to produce, within the limits of available resources and data, an annual report regarding state workforce projections and education credential production. The report will show the workforce needs that are not being met by state degree and certificate programs and identify institutions, public or private, that may be able to address those workforce needs through new programs or expansion of existing ones. The department will send the report to every public postsecondary governing board in the state and will work with the department of education to provide the report to the state's public school districts, the Colorado charter school institute, and Colorado private elementary, middle, and high schools. The act repeals July 1, 2016. APPROVED by Governor April 2, 2012 EFFECTIVE August 8, 2012 NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause. 04/02/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1072Higher Ed Prior Learning Assessments MASSEY / BACON H.B. 12-1072 Higher education - institutions - academic credit for prior learning. Beginning with the 2013-14 academic year, the act requires each public institution of higher education to adopt and make public a policy or program to determine academic credit for a student's prior learning. Additionally, the act permits a nonpublic institution of higher education that is accredited by an accrediting agency or association approved by the United States department of education to participate in the review conducted by the department of higher education (department) to determine if the institution's core course requirements comply with the department's general education course guidelines. APPROVED by Governor March 24, 2012 EFFECTIVE August 8, 2012 NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause. 03/24/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1144Employment Contracts Non-tenure-track Professors FISCHER / BACON H.B. 12-1144 Higher education - institutions - employment contracts - non-tenure-track faculty. The act authorizes each system of higher education and each campus of each state institution of higher education to employ, with the approval of its chief executive officer, an unlimited number of non-tenure-track, half-time or longer classroom teachers under renewable 3-year employment contracts. The employment contract must include a provision that renders the contract unenforceable if the employing system or campus ceases to be an enterprise and does not have sufficient financial reserves to satisfy the contract. APPROVED by Governor April 12, 2012 EFFECTIVE August 8, 2012 NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause. 04/12/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1146Funding For Dropout Recovery Programs NIKKEL / GIRON H.B. 12-1146 Concurrent enrollment - dropout recovery programs. The act authorizes a community college, including a junior district college, to agree with a local education provider to create a dropout recovery program through which a student who has dropped out of high school or who is at risk of dropping out of high school can concurrently enroll in the community college and the local education provider to complete his or her high school graduation requirements. The student attends classes exclusively at the community college, and all of the credits he or she earns count toward high school graduation. The dropout recovery program differs from the usual concurrent enrollment program with regard to the student's age and the number and type of course credits authorized. The community college and the local education provider enter into an agreement that specifies many aspects of the dropout recovery program, including the tuition rate the local education provider will pay on the student's behalf, which rate cannot exceed the student's share of tuition at a community college. The local education provider will include the student in its pupil enrollment, and the community college, and the local education provider may include additional financial provisions in the agreement. APPROVED by Governor May 17, 2012 EFFECTIVE May 17, 2012 05/17/2012 Governor Action - Signed
NOT ON CALENDARGov. Hickenlooper signs early literacy bill, and other bills
Release: Nikkel’s bill to help high school drop outs complete their education signed into law
HB12-1155Improvements In College Completion MASSEY / BACON H.B. 12-1155 Admissions - basic skills - performance contracts - authorization of private postsecondary institutions - private occupational schools board - appropriation. Under the act, the Colorado commission on higher education (commission) in establishing academic admission standards for state institutions of higher education (institutions) may take into account the rigor of a student's high school courses. The act clarifies the commission's authority to adopt a policy concerning basic skills courses (policy) and directs the commission to ensure the policy is aligned with the academic admission standards. The policy sets the procedures for identifying students who need basic skills courses and procedures by which institutions offer those courses. In setting the standards for basic skills requirements, the commission may differentiate the mathematics requirements based on a student's chosen area of study. While only certain institutions may provide basic skills courses, the commission may authorize other institutions to provide supplemental academic instruction for students who enroll in general education, college-level courses but are identified as having limited skill deficiencies. A student who requires basic skills courses must complete the courses by the time the student completes 30 college-level credit hours. The commission will ensure that the student receives written notice identifying the state institutions that offer the basic skills courses and the approximate cost and availability of the courses. Under the act, the department of higher education (department) will provide its annual report concerning higher education student enrollment and persistence to the department of education, which will post the report on its web site, and the department will distribute student records to the appropriate school districts. The commission has authority to establish each institution's role and mission and to enter into performance contracts with each institution. The act clarifies that the commission must refer to an institution's role and mission and service area as necessary to interpret, with the institution's governing board, the implications of the role and mission and service area for the institution's performance contract. The act directs the commission, in preparing its recommendations on a performance funding model for institutions, to analyze the effects of differentiated Colorado opportunity fund stipend amounts and of limiting the funding for credit hours taken in excess of a certain limit. The act extends the performance contract for the Colorado school of mines (contract) expiration date to the date on which the governor signs a joint resolution passed during the 2013 legislative session to approve a renegotiated contract. The new contract will take effect the day after the joint resolution is signed and will continue in effect until the date on which the governor signs a joint resolution passed during the 2023 legislative session to approve the next contract. For guidelines for general education courses for all public institutions of higher education in the state, the act allows the department and the commission, in consultation with the institutions, to make allowances for baccalaureate programs that have additional degree requirements. The act makes several changes to the existing statutes concerning authorization of private colleges and universities and seminaries and bible colleges (private institutions) in the state, including changing the term "bible college" to "religious training institution". The changes generally clarify the types of institutions that are subject to authorization and specifically require the commission and the department to set procedures for authorizing, renewing, and revoking the authorizations for private institutions. The commission must also set the amount of the fees that a private institution pays for the administration of the authorization process, including a separate fee if a private institution seeks approval of an educator preparation program. Each private institution must also report specified student information. Each private institution must obtain authorization for each campus, branch, or site that is separately accredited and operates in Colorado. Authorizations for private colleges and universities are based on the institution's accreditation and are subject to renewal every 3 years or on the same schedule that applies for renewing the institution's accreditation, whichever is longer. Authorizations for seminaries and religious training institutions are based on whether the institution continues to meet the definition for seminary or religious training institution. The act clarifies the process and standards for renewing authorizations and the conditions and procedures under which the commission may revoke a private institution's authorization or place the authorization on probationary status. The act requires a private institution that ceases operation to turn its records over to the department, authorizes the commission to seek a court order to seize the records in certain circumstances, and makes the records subject to the open records statutes. The department must keep the records for specified periods. Private colleges or universities that meet specified criteria are not required to file a surety or to otherwise demonstrate financial integrity. Each private college or university that does not meet the criteria must demonstrate financial integrity based on evidence that it meets other criteria. If the private college or university cannot demonstrate financial integrity, it must post surety in a specified amount, which surety may be in the form of a bond, that the commission can use to reimburse students for a loss of tuition or fees or to provide services if the institution ceases to operate in Colorado or a student files a claim against the institution. If a private college or university that does not post surety ceases operations in the state, the attorney general may file a claim on behalf of students to recover any unearned, prepaid tuition. Seminaries and religious training institutions are not required to meet any of the criteria, demonstrate financial integrity, or file a surety. The department must maintain a list of authorized private institutions and establish a process for reviewing and acting on complaints against a private institution. The commission may negotiate reciprocal agreements with other states to assist in implementing authorizations for private institutions. The act changes the terms of members appointed to the private occupational schools board (board) so that fewer members will be appointed at one time. Under the act, a student enrolled in a private occupational school who has a complaint against the school must first exhaust any complaint procedures that the school has in place before filing a complaint with the board. For the 2012-13 fiscal year, the act appropriates to the department $75,500 cash funds from fees paid by private institutions. APPROVED by Governor June 4, 2012 EFFECTIVE August 8, 2012 NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause. 06/04/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1214Community College Two-year Degree Programs BECKER / NICHOLSON H.B. 12-1214 Community colleges - two-year dental hygiene degree programs. The act allows a Colorado community college to offer a two-year degree program with academic designation in dental hygiene even though there is not a valid student transfer agreement for the degree program. APPROVED by Governor May 24, 2012 EFFECTIVE August 8, 2012 NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause. 05/24/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1227Integrated Basic Educ & Skills Training Cert Prog YOUNG The bill directs the state board of community colleges and occupational education (board), conditional on the availability of moneys, to design a certificate program through which persons who are identified as needing basic skills remedial course work or who are eligible for adult literacy education may obtain a career and technical education certificate within 12 months by taking courses that integrate basic skills training with college-level occupational skills training. The board will collaborate with and may enter into memorandums of understanding with the department of education and the department of labor in designing the certificate program to ensure that it can be implemented locally in collaboration with the family literacy education grant program and the work force investment program. A community college or local district junior college that chooses to implement the certificate program shall collaborate with the local entities that provide family literacy education and work force investment programs, if any. The board shall report annually to the general assembly concerning implementation of the certificate programs. 02/22/2012 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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SB12-005Ofc Econ Dev Business Retention & Expansion Prog NEWELL / MASSEY In order to retain and grow existing businesses in the state, the bill directs the Colorado office of economic development (office) to develop and administer the Colorado business retention and expansion program under the office's statewide economic development plan. The bill describes the office's specific duties under the program, including the requirement that the office annually report on the program to the general assembly. 05/04/2012 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
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SB12-036Parental Consent For Surveys In K-12 Schools MITCHELL S.B. 12-36 Surveys - assessments - parental consent - exceptions. Current law prohibits an employee of a school or school district (employee) from requiring a student to participate in a survey, analysis, or evaluation (document) that addresses or requests certain information unless the student's parent provides written consent for the student's participation. The act adds assessments to the documents for which parental consent is required, but specifically excludes assessments administered to measure students' mastery of school district or state model content standards. In addition to the existing list of information, the employee must obtain parental consent if the document requests a social security number or information concerning the student's or parent's religious beliefs or practices. For a parent's consent to be valid, the employee must make a written copy of the document available for inspection at convenient locations and times. Each public school and school district may allow only minimal use of students' academic time for organizations to gather information from students. The act does not limit a school district's ability to administer a suicide assessment or threat assessment. APPROVED by Governor June 8, 2012 EFFECTIVE August 8, 2012 NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause. 06/08/2012 Governor Action - Signed
NOT ON CALENDARGov. Hickenlooper finishes signing bills passed this year by the General Assembly
SB12-045Higher Ed Associate Degree Transfer Students HUDAK / MASSEY S.B. 12-45 Commission on higher education - the award of an associate degree to certain students enrolled in a 4-year institution - notification process. The act requires the commission on higher education (commission) to collaborate with 4-year and 2-year institutions of higher education to develop and coordinate a process to notify a student enrolled in a 4-year institution that he or she may be eligible for an associate degree from a 2-year institution that the student attended prior to transferring to a 4-year institution. To receive notification, a student must have met the residency requirement for the 2-year institution and have accumulated 70 credits at the 4-year institution. At a minimum, the process for notification shall specify the roles of the student, the department of higher education, and the institutions in the process. The role of the 4-year institutions are limited to providing contact information for the student. The 4-year and 2-year institutions shall agree on the contents of the notification. The 4-year and 2-year institutions shall inform students about the process for the award of an associate degree. Nothing in the act limits the ability of 4-year and 2-year institutions to develop agreements for the award of an associate degree that are consistent with the intent of the statute. APPROVED by Governor April 18, 2012 EFFECTIVE April 18, 2012 04/18/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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SB12-046Discipline In Public Schools NEWELL / NIKKEL Legislative Task Force to Study School Discipline. The bill amends the statutory grounds for suspension or expulsion of a student to increase the discretion of school administrators and school district boards of education (local boards). The only circumstances under which expulsion remains mandatory are those that involve a student who is determined to have brought a firearm to school or possessed a firearm at school. The bill defines the terms "suspension", "in-school suspension", "out-of-school suspension", and "expulsion". The bill relocates, with substantive amendments, certain statutory provisions concerning school conduct and discipline codes (codes) and safe school reporting requirements. Each code shall include criteria distinguishing minor code violations from behavior that will result in the referral of an offending student to a law enforcement agency. Each code shall include a specific policy concerning the prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence. Each public school of a school district shall require each student enrolled in the public school to be familiar with the provisions of the code. In creating and enforcing a code, each local board shall:
* Ensure that the code is designed to protect students from harm, provide opportunities for students to learn from their mistakes, foster a positive learning community, keep students in school, and implement a graduated set of age-appropriate responses to misconduct that are fair and proportionate in relation to each student's individual conduct;
* To the extent practicable, limit the use of out-of-school suspensions and expulsions to incidents that involve conduct that poses a serious and credible threat to the safety of pupils and staff; and
* To the extent practicable, use prevention, intervention, restorative justice, peer mediation, counseling, and other approaches to address student misconduct. In creating a code, each local board shall solicit and consider input from the school district accountability committee of the school district and a local or statewide law enforcement agency. To the extent practicable, each local board shall assist teachers and other school employees, as may be appropriate, in obtaining training in conflict resolution in and out of the classroom, disciplinary alternatives, and restorative justice for the purpose of preventing violations of the school district's code. If a student is suspended from school, the suspending authority shall provide an opportunity for the student to make up school work during the period of suspension for full academic credit. The report of code violations that is required of each school principal as part of the safe school reporting requirements shall specifically identify each violation that resulted in referral to a law enforcement agency. On and after October 1, 2012, the peace officer standards and training (P.O.S.T.) board shall create and provide a training curriculum to prepare peace officers to serve as school resource officers. In creating the training curriculum, the P.O.S.T. board shall solicit and, to the extent practicable, implement the suggestions of relevant stakeholders. On and after October 1, 2013, neither a school administrator nor a local board shall accept the assignment of a peace officer acting in his or her official capacity as school resource officer in a public school unless the peace officer has successfully completed the school resource officer training program. 
05/08/2012 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily
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SB12-047Basic Skills Testing In High School KING K. / MASSEY Educational Success Task Force. The general assembly recognizes the federal high school testing requirements; recognizes that most states have adopted the common core state standards in mathematics and English language arts; and states its intent and expectation that ACT, Inc., will reconfigure the ACT to align with the common core state standards and thereby enable the states to administer the ACT as the statewide high school assessment that meets the federal high school testing requirements. The bill clarifies that each public school, including each charter school, will assist each student and his or her parent in creating and maintaining an individual career and academic plan (ICAP) no later than ninth grade. The school will work with the student to use the ICAP to guide course selections and performance expectations with the goal of ensuring the student demonstrates postsecondary and workforce readiness upon graduation at a level that enables the student to progress toward his or her postsecondary goals, as identified in the ICAP, without needing remedial educational services. Starting in the 2012-13 school year, each public school, including each charter school, that includes grades 9 through 12 will administer to students in those grades the basic skills placement or assessments tests (basic skills tests) that are used by the community colleges for first-time freshman students, except the schools need not administer the tests to students with disabilities who take the alternative statewide assessments. The school district or charter school will receive state funding to pay for one administration per student of all of the basic skills test units. If indicated by the student's scores, the school will create an intervention plan for the student to ensure that the student receives the classes and other educational services necessary for the student to demonstrate postsecondary and workforce readiness at graduation at a level that allows the student to advance toward his or her identified postsecondary goals without needing remedial educational services. The school, the student, and the student's parents may agree to concurrently enroll the student in basic skills courses at an institution of higher education if the student is in twelfth grade. Each student's ICAP will include the student's scores on the basic skills tests and the student's intervention plan, if any. When adopting the criteria for endorsed high school diplomas, the state board of education and the Colorado commission on higher education will establish the criteria for demonstrating postsecondary and workforce readiness at various levels that reflect the postsecondary education options available to students. Because the criteria for issuing endorsed high school diplomas are not yet adopted, the bill changes the beginning date on which schools and school districts will be held accountable for the number of students who receive endorsed high school diplomas. 05/03/2012 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
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SB12-106Statutory Changes Related To Education KING K. The bill adds a fourth performance indicator for school and workforce readiness to reflect the number of students who, upon enrollment in an institution of higher education, require remediation course work. Early colleges are added to those institutions that have a guaranteed transfer of core course credits to public institutions of higher education, provided they meet the requirements established by the department of higher education. Early colleges that have been accredited by the department of higher education are granted the authority to award degrees. 05/04/2012 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 05/10/2012
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