2012 Education
Bill # Short TitleSponsorsBill SummaryMost Recent StatusCalendar NotificationNews Links
HB12-1001Rule Review Evaluation Of Educator Effectiveness MURRAY / JOHNSTON Committee on Legal Services. Senate Bill 10-191, enacted in 2010, requires the general assembly to review and approve the rules adopted by the state board of education implementing a statewide system to evaluate the effectiveness of licensed personnel employed by school districts and boards of cooperative services (statewide system). The bill contains the recommendations of the committee on legal services to approve the rules of the state board of education, department of education, adopted on November 9, 2011, to implement the statewide system. The bill postpones the scheduled expiration of the rules on the statewide system, thereby continuing the rules. 02/15/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1013Interventions For Middle School Students FIELDS / HUDAK H.B. 12-1013 Middle-school grades - interventions - parent involvement. The act directs school districts to consider adopting procedures by which the public schools of the school district use available data to identify and provide intervention services to students in grades 6 through 9 who are exhibiting behaviors that indicate the students are at increased risk of dropping out of school. Institute charter schools are also directed to consider adopting procedures to identify and provide intervention services to this population of students. If the school district or institute charter school that adopts the procedures identifies a student who is at increased risk of dropping out of school, it must notify the student's parent and explain the interventions it intends to implement. The parent may approve or reject the interventions, and, following approval, may direct the school district or institute charter school to terminate the interventions at any time. A parent may contact a school district or institute charter school and request interventions for his or her child. APPROVED by Governor March 16, 2012 EFFECTIVE August 8, 2012 NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause. 03/16/2012 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
NOT ON CALENDARGov. Hickenlooper signs several bills
Budget cuts may not be needed
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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HB12-1240Statutory Changes To K-12 Education KERR A. H.B. 12-1240 K-12 education - statutory amendments. The act contains the following statutory changes concerning K-12 education: A requirement on the office of legislative legal services to report any introduced legislation concerning education data to the education data advisory committee. The date for the adoption of graduation guidelines by the state board of education is extended from December 15, 2011, to May 15, 2013. The provision that the state board of education (board) receive, maintain, and post copies of collective bargaining agreements is repealed. The pool of potential sources for gifts, grants, and donations for S.B. 10-191 is expanded by allowing the department of education (department) to accept moneys outside of federal moneys. The date for the inclusion of diploma endorsements in performance indicators is extended. The criteria for awarding the John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award is changed to include those schools with the highest level of attainment on the performance indicator concerning student achievement levels. Clarification of the difference between an "on-line program" and an "on-line school". The military dependent supplemental pupil enrollment aid program is repealed. The number of charter school food authorities is increased from 6 to 10 and the deadline for authorizing charter school food authorities is extended to 2016. "Ongoing deficit" is defined as it pertains to school district budgets. The department will notify a school district board of education if it approves a letter of intent on emergency reserves. Removal of the requirement that a school district receiving an impact assistance grant must certify the amount of that grant to the board. If a charter school or institute charter school offers a full-day kindergarten program, the supplemental funding will be passed to the charter school or institute charter school. If a charter school is permitted by its charter authorizer to operate a kindergarten program, it may also plan, develop, and operate a public preschool program. The internet safety policy in schools is updated to include "technology devices", which includes any computer, hardware, software, or other technology that is used for learning purposes and has the ability to connect with the internet. The inclusion of Colorado in a consortium of states that focuses on the readiness of students for college and careers through the development of a common set of assessments. APPROVED by Governor June 4, 2012 EFFECTIVE June 4, 2012 06/04/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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SB12-021Financial Literacy Program For County Residents NICHOLSON / LEE The bill creates a pilot program administered by the division of local government (division) of the department of local affairs to distribute grants to counties to teach financial literacy classes to county residents (pilot program). A county may apply to the division to participate in the pilot program. The county determines the appropriate county agency or nonprofit organization to administer the pilot program in the county. A county may apply with a community partner, such as a nonprofit organization. The county must indicate the role of any community partner in its application. The director of the division will select no more than 4 counties to participate in the pilot program. The Colorado state university cooperative extension service (CSU extension service) will design the curriculum for the financial literacy classes used in the pilot program based upon curriculum the CSU extension service has already developed. The pilot program will test the efficacy of two teaching methods: CSU extension service staff teaches the financial literacy classes to county residents directly, or CSU extension service trains the trainers (county staff or volunteers) to teach the financial literacy classes. The division may seek gifts, grants, and donations to support the pilot program, which shall be credited to the financial literacy pilot program fund (fund). The division must report to the legislative council staff when it has received adequate funding through gifts, grants, or donations. Subject to available appropriations from the fund, the division will award grants to each of the counties selected to participate in the pilot program to cover a portion of the costs of administering the pilot program. Nothing in the bill precludes a county or a community partner from providing additional funds to support the pilot program. The division, in consultation with the CSU extension service, will set fees that participants pay for the financial literacy classes based on a sliding scale and may include a waiver of fees for hardship reasons. The division, in consultation with the CSU extension service, will also set a fee that counties pay for the costs of classes to teach participants and to train trainers. The fees paid by participants and by counties will be credited to the fund. The moneys in the fund are subject to annual appropriation by the general assembly to the division to make grants and to the CSU extension service to teach classes. The CSU extension service will collect data from participants and from counties. The CSU extension service will contract with an outside evaluation specialist to evaluate the pilot program and submit a report and recommendations to the finance committees of the house of representatives and the senate, or any successor committees, on or before February 1, 2015. The evaluator will measure whether recipients have become more self-sufficient or financially knowledgeable because of the financial literacy classes and will evaluate the credit scores self-reported by the participants at the beginning of the instruction and one year after instruction. The statutes authorizing the pilot program are repealed, effective July 1, 2016. 03/22/2012 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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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
NOT ON CALENDARFour orphaned ed bills find homes
ASSET, school finance bills pass
SB12-061Charter School Applying Authorizing Revoking KING K. / MASSEY S.B. 12-61 Charter schools - application - reauthorization - revocation. The act adds to the minimum requirements for district and institute charter school applications. The new requirements are: An executive summary; A plan for evaluating student performance and procedures for taking corrective action when necessary; A description of the charter school's employment policies; A parent and community involvement plan; Measures that address whether and how the proposed charter school will address students' transportation and food service needs; A facilities plan; Student discipline, expulsion, and suspension policies; A plan for serving students with special needs; and For charter schools that intend to contract with an education management provider, specified information about the education management provider and a copy of the proposed performance contract that includes required material terms. The act clarifies when a charter application is considered filed with a school district board or with the state charter school institute board (authorizer). The act also extends by 15 days the annual period for filing district charter applications and the length of time an authorizer has to decide whether to authorize a charter. The act streamlines and clarifies the circumstances and timing by which an authorizer may request and the applicant may provide any information that is missing from a charter application. The act extends the allowable initial term of a district charter school's charter to 4 years. The act requires an authorizer annually to review the charter school's academic and financial performance. The results of the annual meetings form the basis for the eventual decision to revoke or renew the charter school's charter contract. The authorizer provides feedback to the charter school and includes the results of the review in the body of evidence the authorizer uses when deciding whether to renew or revoke the charter and in renegotiating the charter contract. Each authorizer must adopt procedures and timelines for the charter renewal process. At least 15 days before an authorizer considers whether to revoke or renew a charter contract, the authorizer's staff must provide written recommendations concerning the decision to the authorizer and the charter school. If a charter school operates under a turnaround plan for a second consecutive school year, it must meet certain reporting requirements, and the authorizer may revoke the charter if it finds the charter school is not making sufficient improvement. Each authorizer must adopt a policy that establishes procedures for closing a charter school when the charter contract is revoked or not renewed. APPROVED by Governor April 13, 2012 EFFECTIVE April 13, 2012 04/13/2012 Governor Action - Signed
NOT ON CALENDARGov. Hickenlooper signs several bills