The Bill Tracker includes bills directly affecting education plus budget, elections and other measures of interest to the education community. Right click on bill number to view in new window.

Bill # CommentsShort TitleSponsorsBill SummaryMost Recent StatusFiscal Note StatusDate IntroducedAmendment Link
HB14-1039Democratic sponsorship Linking Student Data Preschool To Kindergarten SCHAFER / NEWELL Proposed by the Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative Commission, the bill would direct various state agencies, including the Department of Education, to establish procedures to link the student data collected by publicly funded early childhood education programs with the student data collected by school districts. The bill would allow use of State Education Fund money to pay for the program. 03/31/2014 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-08 No amendments found
HB14-1048Bipartisan sponsorship Religious Freedom Higher Education Student Groups PRIOLA / TOCHTROP The bill would prohibit a state college or university from denying a religious student group a benefit that the institution provides to a nonreligious student group solely because the religious student group requires its leaders to adhere to the group's religious beliefs or standards of conduct. These benefits include recognition, registration, use of institution facilities, use of institution channels of communication and available institution funding. 01/27/2014 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-08 No amendments found
HB14-1076Democratic Early Childhood Quality Incentive Program PENISTON / ZENZINGER The bill would create an early childhood quality incentive grant program in the Department of Education. A school district could apply for a grant to cover the cost of a school-readiness quality rating for the its preschool program and, based on the quality rating received, receive an improvement grant to enhance the program's quality. 04/11/2014 House Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-09 Amendments
HB14-1078Democratic Changes To Resolve Education Rule Conflicts PETTERSEN The bill proposes clarification in state laws relating to online schools, online programs and accreditation. 02/27/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-09 Amendments
HB14-1085Democratic Adult Education And Literacy Programs FIELDS / ZENZINGER Called the "Adult Education and Literacy Act of 2014," this bill would create a grant program in the Department of Education that would provide state funding to adult education and literacy programs that are members of workforce development partnerships. 06/05/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-10 Amendments
HB14-1094Bipartisan Sales & Use Tax Holiday For Back-to-school Items PABON / JAHN A three-day August sales tax holiday for school-related purchases would be created by this bill. The holiday would apply to clothing (up to $75), school supplies (up to $50) and some sports equipment. The program wouldn't kick in until after annual state general fund revenue reached a certain level. 04/04/2014 House Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-14 Amendments
HB14-1102Democratic Gifted Education Programs PENISTON / KERR The bill would make changes to state law on gifted students and require school districts to provided gifted education programs "to the extent possible" within available resources. The measure also would require districts to hire at least one qualified gifted program administrator by 2017. The bill would require data reporting on gifted students and universal screening of students to determine if they are gifted. 06/05/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-14 Amendments
HB14-1110Democratic School Boards & Executive Session PENISTON / HODGE Current law requires minutes of executive sessions held by local government boards to reflect the topics of the discussion. This bill would require that school board executive session minutes also include the amount of time spent on each topic. The measure also requires that recordings of school board executive sessions include attorney-client discussions. Boards would have to keep a log of such legal discussions, including general descriptions, so that "other parties are enabled to assess the applicability of the privilege or right to protection." 03/12/2014 Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-15 No amendments found
HB14-1116Democratic Compensation Officers Local Boards Of Education ROSENTHAL The proposal would allow local school boards to provide compensation to board presidents and vice presidents. (Current law allows compensation for board secretaries, assistant secretaries, treasurers and assistant treasurers but bars pay for presidents and vice presidents). 02/06/2014 House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-15 No amendments found
HB14-1118Republican sponsorship Advanced Placement Incentives Pilot Program WILSON The measure would establish a four-year Advanced Placement incentives pilot program in the Department of Education under which small rural districts would be eligible to receive bonuses for the number of students who successfully complete AP classes and for students who take AP exams. The pilot program is repealed after 4 years. 06/05/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-15 Amendments
HB14-1120Republican Tax Increase Approval By 2014 For School Finance HOLBERT / BROPHY This bill would set a 2014 deadline for passage of a statewide tax increase to fund Senate Bill 13-213, the school finance plan passed by lawmakers a year ago. That law remains on the shelf because voters rejected Amendment 66 in November, but current law gives supporters until 2017 to try again. This Republican-sponsored bill would change that. 02/12/2014 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-15 No amendments found
HB14-1124Bipartisan In-state Tuition American Indian Tribes Ties To CO SALAZAR / TOCHTROP The bill would grant resident tuition status to any student who is a member of an American Indian tribe with historic ties to Colorado. Such students also would be eligible for state financial aid and College Opportunity Fund tuition discounts. 04/29/2014 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-15 Amendments
HB14-1131Democratic Cyber Bullying FIELDS The misdemeanor crime of harassment would be expanded to include use of interactive computer services to engage in conduct that inflicts serious emotional distress on a minor or places the minor in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury. 04/09/2014 Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-16 Amendments
HB14-1136Bipartisan Regulation Of Continuing Profl Ed PRIMAVERA The measure would exempt continuing professional education programs from regulation by the Department of Higher Education if such programs are approved by state professional licensing agencies and if the organizations that provide the courses are non-profits. 04/07/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-16 Amendments
HB14-1139Republican Average Daily Membership For School Finance PRIOLA The state's current single-day method of counting school enrollment would be switched to a system called average daily membership by this bill, starting with the 2017-18 school year. District funding would be based on the new counts. 05/02/2014 House Second Reading Special Order - Lost - No Amendments
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-16 Amendments
HB14-1145Republican Summary Financial Expenditures Info K-12 Schools WILSON The bill would require the Department of Education to create a summary and visual representation of the revenue and primary expenditures of each school district, charter school, board of cooperative services and the Charter School Institute, broken out by elementary, middle, and secondary school levels. CDE would have to put the information online, and local districts would have to post summary and visual representations on their websites and include a link to the CDE site. 05/05/2014 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-16 No amendments found
HB14-1147Republican Charter School Capital Construction Funding SZABO / RENFROE Starting with the 2014-15 budget year, the bill sets $25 million as the amount of State Education Fund money distributed to charter schools to offset facilities costs. 05/05/2014 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-16 No amendments found
HB14-1152Republican Passive Surveillance Records LAWRENCE / SCHEFFEL This bill would require government entities, including school districts, to destroy video recorded by fixed, "passive" surveillance cameras after three years. 04/04/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-17 Amendments
HB14-1154Democratic Employment Of Community College Faculty FISCHER / KEFALAS The bill is intended to improve compensation for part-time and adjunct community college faculty. It would require community colleges to maintain a single salary and compensation schedule for all faculty. The bill defines a full-time workload and requires a faculty member's salary and compensation, including employment benefits, to be determined based upon the combined workload at all state institutions of higher education. The bill also contains provisions relating to the assignment of teaching responsibilities, assignment of and compensation for non-teaching responsibilities and provisions relating to termination. 04/10/2014 House Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-17 No amendments found
HB14-1156Democratic Eligibility Age School Lunch Protection Program MORENO / ULIBARRI This measure would expand existing law that provides free lunches to early-grades students, regardless of whether they're eligible for free- or reduced-price lunch. Current law creates an annual appropriation to provide free lunches at no charge to children in state-subsidized early childhood education programs and students up to the second grade. The bill would extend the age of eligibility to 12th grade and increase the annual appropriation to not more than $3.5 million. 06/03/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-17 Amendments
HB14-1157Republican Policies Allowing Concealed Carry In Public School HUMPHREY / RENFROE The bill would allow school boards and charter school boards to adopt policies allowing employees to carry concealed handguns on school grounds if those employees hold valid permits to carry concealed handguns. 02/13/2014 House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-17 No amendments found
HB14-1167 English Language Proficiency Programs NAVARRO The bill would repeal and reenact the existing English Language Proficiency Act (ELPA). Under the new ELPA, the time allowed for for extra funding of an eligible student would expand to five years, and each ELL would be funded at the same level. The funding allocation would be based on certification of the number of ELLs that a local education provider enrolls. The bill also would set detailed program, financial and data reporting requirements for districts, charter schools and other providers and also would establish oversight duties for the Department of Education and State Board of Education. The bill also would create a system of awards for outstanding programs and contains professional development provisions. This is another bill that would tap the State Education Fund. 04/30/2014 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-22 No amendments found
HB14-1175Democratic Minority K-12 Teachers Study Strategy Report FIELDS The bill would the Department of Education to study and develop strategies to increase and improve the recruitment, preparation, development and retention of high-quality minority teachers. The department would have to submit its findings to the governor, legislature and the State Board of Education. 06/06/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-28 Amendments
HB14-1182Democratic Public Ed Accountability 2015-16 School Year HAMNER The proposal would allow school and district performance ratings earned in the 2014-15 school year to be carried over into the following year. The change is intended to bridge a data gap that will be created when the state moves from the current TCAP testing system to the new CMAS system. The change wouldn't affect the five-year accountability clock for low-rated districts and schools. 04/04/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-29 Amendments
HB14-1190Bipartisan School Dist Financial Capacity Cap Constr Grants RYDEN / KING This bill, sponsored by the Legislative Audit Committee, would add two additional factors to those considered by the Capital Construction Assistance Board when determining local district matches for Building Excellent Schools Today grants. 03/14/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-29 No amendments found
HB14-1201Republican Align PERA Highest Avg Salary With Other States PRIOLA / LAMBERT The measure would require that PERA retirement benefits be based on the average of an employee's five highest-paid years of work. The bill would apply to future PERA members. All Colorado teachers are covered by PERA, and the system currently uses a three-year average for benefit calculations. 02/26/2014 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-30 No amendments found
HB14-1202Republican Local Accountability Reqmts For School Districts SCOTT This bill would require the State Board of Education to grant a district a waiver from statewide testing requirements if the district submits its own testing system that meets certain standards. Waivers could be modified if the district failed to statewide academic performance targets for three consecutive years. Parents of students in waiver districts could choose to not participate in testing, and districts, teachers and students couldn't be penalized for non-participation. 06/06/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-30 Amendments
HB14-1204Republican Flexibility For Rural School Districts WILSON The proposal would allow districts with fewer than 1,000 students to submit certain reports to the Department of Education every two years instead of every year. Exemption from one type of report would be based on a district's performance rating. The bill also would allow small districts to seek exemption from some READ Act requirements by submitting their own plans for achieving the goals of that law, and exempted districts would remain eligible for state funding. 05/31/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-30 Amendments
HB14-1208Bipartisan Authorizing Multi-district Administrative Units WRIGHT / ZENZINGER This technical bill expands the definition of "administrative unit" to include more types of districts that cooperate to offer special education services. 03/27/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-30 No amendments found
HB14-1212Republican Full-day Kindergarten Funding For Districts WILSON This bill would increase state financial support for districts that offer full-day kindergarten to all families that choose it. 04/21/2014 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-30 No amendments found
HB14-1234Bipartisan Suppl Approp Dept Of Education DURAN / STEADMAN Mid-year budget adjustments for the Department of Education. 02/27/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal note currently unavailable 2014-02-03 No amendments found
HB14-1250Bipartisan School Dist Payments For Floods & Total Program MAY / STEADMAN Funding increases for districts affected by 2013 floods and to compensate the DeBeque, Meeker and Pawnee districts for losses in local revenue. 02/27/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-02-03 No amendments found
HB14-1251Bipartisan School Finance FY 2013-14 Adjustments MAY / STEADMAN Mid-year funding increases for school districts based on enrollment changes. 02/27/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-02-03 Amendments
HB14-1255Republican Negotiate Resident Tuition For Israeli Students EVERETT Directing the Colorado Commission on Higher Education to negotiate arrangements with Israeli higher education institutions to admit Colorado students at Colorado resident rates. Israeli residents would be eligible for resident tuition at Colorado institutions. 02/12/2014 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-02-03 No amendments found
HB14-1256Democratic Higher Ed Employment Contracts For Librarians FISCHER / KERR Technical measure relating to employment contracts for higher education librarians. 03/27/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-02-03 No amendments found
HB14-1262Bipartisan Highly Effective Teachers & Low-performing Schools PRIOLA / NEWELL The bill would create the Highly Effective Teacher Incentives Program to enable districts, BOCES and and charter schools to offer salary bonuses to attract highly effective teachers to teach in schools that are implementing priority improvement or turnaround plans. Each local education provider that applies to the Department of Education and meets the requirements for a grant will receive a grant, subject to available appropriations. A local education provider may use the grant only to pay non base-building salary bonuses to eligible highly effective teachers. The bill would create an incentives fund that would consist of a one-time appropriation of $4 million from the State Education Fund. 02/24/2014 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-02-04 No amendments found
HB14-1268Democratic Nonprobationary Teacher No Indefinite Unpaid Leave SALAZAR / TODD The bill would provide that, if a teacher held nonprobationary status as of May 20, 2010, a school district cannot place the teacher on unpaid leave, but must either assign the teacher to a position that has the same level of salary and benefits as the teacher would have earned if he or she had not been removed or dismiss the teacher in compliance with legal due process requirements. 04/07/2014 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-02-04 No amendments found
HB14-1276Democratic Grant Program To Train High School Students In CPR PRIMAVERA / HODGE The bill allows school districts, charter schools, institute charter schools and boards of cooperative services to apply for grants to train high school students on cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Grants would be financed through the General Fund and administered by the Department of Education. 05/16/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-02-11 Amendments
HB14-1287Bipartisan BEST Moneys For Disaster Damaged Public Schools YOUNG / NICHOLSON This bill clarifies that $40 million of revenue from marijuana taxes would go to the state school construction fund. It also would create new procedures for grants to schools affected by floods, fires and other disasters, including the waiver of local matches in some cases. 05/17/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-02-19 Amendments
HB14-1288Bipartisan Student Immunizations Prior To School Attendance PABON / AGUILAR This bill would require that parents who refuse to have their children immunized before enrolling in school demonstrate that they have received reliable medical information about the benefits and risks of immunizations. 05/21/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-02-20 Amendments
HB14-1291Bipartisan Permit Charter Schools Hire Armed School Security MCLACHLAN Under current law, a school district may employ a school security officer who may carry a concealed handgun in the school and on its grounds if the person has a valid concealed carry permit. The bill would grant this authority to a charter school. 05/09/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-02-21 No amendments found
HB14-1292Bipartisan The Student Success Act HAMNER / JOHNSTON The Student Success Act, including about $260 million in additional funding for district operations, reform implementation, ELL and other programs. 05/21/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-02-25 Amendments
HB14-1294Bipartisan Student Data Privacy Act MURRAY / STEADMAN The bill would require the State Board of Education to publish an inventory and dictionary or index of the individual student-level data that currently is required to be reported by state and federal education mandates and any student data proposed for inclusion in the student data system. The board must develop policies to comply with the federal "Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974" and other relevant privacy laws and policies. The Department of Education would be barred from providing individual student data to other organizations or agencies outside the state except under specified circumstances. The department could only use aggregate data in public reports and must develop a detailed data security plan. The department would also have to develop a data security template for districts to use. 06/06/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-02-26 Amendments
HB14-1298Democratic Financing Of Public Schools HAMNER / KERR School Finance Act for 2014-15, including $17 million in additional funding for at-risk preschool and kindergarten students. 05/21/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-02-28 Amendments
HB14-1301Bipartisan Safe Routes To School Program State Funding MITSCH BUSH / KERR Beginning in fiscal year 2014-15, the Colorado Department of Transportation will receive no federal moneys for the safe routes to school grant programs. The bill authorizes the appropriation of state money to the program and requires that at least 20 percent but not more than 30 percent of the state money be used for noninfrastructure projects. The bill appropriates $3 million of general fund money for the program. 06/03/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-03-03 Amendments
HB14-1314Bipartisan School Dist & Charter School Mill Levy Overrides PETTERSEN / KERR The bill would require school districts to include charter schools in the planning for ballot measures that propose raising taxes to meet operating expenses. Charter representatives would have to be included in ballot measure planning committees. If a district decided not include a charter in a ballot proposal, it would have to give its reasons in writing to the charter. The bill also would authorize districts to propose ballot measures just for charter schools. 05/15/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-03-10 No amendments found
HB14-1319Bipartisan Outcomes-based Funding For Higher Education FERRANDINO / LAMBERT Speaker Mark Ferrandino's proposal to change the higher education funding formula to place more emphasis on institutional outcomes such as retention and graduation. 05/09/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-03-13 Amendments
HB14-1336Bipartisan 2014-15 Long Appropriations Bill DURAN / STEADMAN The "long bill" - the 2014-15 state budget. 04/30/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal note currently unavailable 2014-03-24 Amendments
HB14-1342Bipartisan Transfers Of Money Related To Capital Construction DURAN / STEADMAN Funding for state construction projects, including use of possible future surplus funds for higher education projects, and capping scheduled transfers to the State Education Fund. 05/02/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-03-24 No amendments found
HB14-1345Bipartisan Higher Ed Funding Transfer Authority GEROU / LAMBERT Technical measure pertaining to transfer of higher education funds between the College Opportunity Fund and institutional fees for service. 05/09/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-03-25 No amendments found
HB14-1365Bipartisan Junior Coll Officers & Ag Advises CO Mountain Coll HAMNER Technical measure regarding board elections for local junior college districts and legal representation of Colorado Mountain College by the attorney general. 06/05/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-04-08 No amendments found
HB14-1376Democratic Analysis Of Student Opportunity Gaps BUCKNER The bill would require the Department of Education produce an annual report on course level participation and performance for each school and district that includes, at minimum, information concerning student participation in each core course level and student proficiency on statewide assessments, broken out by student groups, including sex, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, English language proficiency, disability, gifted and talented status and other groups. 05/31/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-04-11 Amendments
HB14-1381Democratic Requirements For A School Closure Plan FIELDS / TODD The bill would require a school district or the state Charter School Institute, if it decides to or is directed by the State Board of Education to close a school because of low performance, to adopt a closure plan that addresses communications, the timeline for the closure and the reassignment of students to other public schools. 06/06/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-04-17 Amendments
HB14-1382Bipartisan K-12 On-line Education YOUNG / KERR The bill would clarify and update the definitions of "online program" and "online school" and clarify the requirements for documenting online student attendance and participation. The bill also would remove the ability of a group of school districts that have not formed a board of cooperative services to authorize an online program or an online school. The bill would reduces the time for transmitting student records to 14 days. The bill also would remove the State Board of Education's authority to certify multi-district online schools and instead give SBE authority to certify authorizers that create or oversee multi-district online schools. The bill also sets standards for that transition in authorization. The bill also would create pilot programs related to specific issues in online education. 06/05/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-04-17 Amendments
HB14-1384Bipartisan Higher Education Tuition Assistance PETTERSEN / ULIBARRI This bill would create the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative in the Department of Higher Education to award scholarships or grants based upon a "rigor-based method" to Colorado resident students. The bill also would create an advisory board to oversee the program, which is intended to use both state and private funds for scholarships. The bill proposes a state appropriation of $30 million for 2015-16. 06/06/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-04-17 Amendments
HB14-1385Bipartisan Academic Growth Awards To Mirror Athletic Awards PRIOLA / JOHNSTON The measure would create an academic growth award to annually recognize high schools that achieve the highest levels of student academic growth. One school would be recognized in each of the school groupings for football as created by the statewide association for high school activities. The awards would be trophies designed to resemble athletic trophies. 05/29/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-04-17 Amendments
SB14-001Democratic College Affordability Act JAHN / GARCIA For the next two budget years the bill would reduce from 9 percent to 6 percent the amount by which trustees of a state college or university could increase undergraduate, resident tuition. (The Colorado School of Mines could increase its tuition by the greater of 6 percent or twice the inflation rate.) Larger increases would have to be approved by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. The bill also would appropriate more than $100 million in additional funding for state financial aid and direct support of colleges and universities. 05/01/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-08 Amendments
SB14-002Bipartisan Safe2tell Program In Department Of Law CARROLL / FERRANDINO The bill would repeals the current Safe2Tell program and recreates it in the attorney general's office. The program provides a system students can use to anonymously report bullying and other threats of violence. 05/21/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-08 Amendments
SB14-004Bipartisan Community College Four-year Programs TODD / WILSON The bill would allow the state community college board to seek approval from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education for four-year technical, career and workforce development bachelor of applied science degree programs. Among other things, the state board would have to show workforce and student demand for a program. The CCHE would have to consider whether a proposed program is sufficiently distinguishable from an existing program at a state four-year institution in the community college's geographic service area or whether the program could be delivered through a transfer agreement with a four-year institution. The bill also would apply to Aims Community College in Greeley, which is affiliated with but not part of the state system. (The only other similar institution, Colorado Mountain College, has separate authority to issue bachelor's degrees.) The bill also would allow Western State Colorado University to provide basic skills (remedial) courses directly in Chaffee and Gunnison counties. 02/27/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-08 No amendments found
SB14-006Democratic Early Childhood Educator Development Scholarship NEWELL / PENISTON This bill, proposed by the Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative Commission, would expand the current early childhood educator development scholarship program to provide stipends to offset the costs of obtaining any postsecondary degree or certificate in early childhood education for a person employed in the field. The criteria for awarding stipends are expanded, and the bill would allow use of State Education Fund money to fund the program, which now is funded by grants. 02/12/2014 Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-08 No amendments found
SB14-015Democratic Hospitality Career Ed Grant Program KERR The bill would create a hospitality career secondary education grant program. Such programs could apply for grants from the Department of Labor and Employment. 06/05/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-08 Amendments
SB14-033Republican Tax Credits For Nonpublic Education LUNDBERG The bill would establish a private school tuition income tax credit that allows any taxpayer to claim a credit when he or she enrolls a child in a private school or provides a scholarship to a child enrolled in a private school and the private school. The amount of the credit for a full-time student is the amount of tuition, or half of the previous year's state average per pupil revenue, whichever is less. There would be prorated credit for halftime students and a $1,000 credit for a child who is home schooled full time. 01/22/2014 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-08 No amendments found
SB14-058Bipartisan GED Or High School Equivalency Examinations TODD / MURRAY Technical measure changing language on high school equivalency exams in state law. 04/07/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-10 Amendments
SB14-068Republican Retirement Age For PERA Members LAMBERT / PRIOLA The bill would modify the retirement age for future PERA members by requiring 30 years of service and reaching age 65 in order to retire with a full benefit. Current law requires 30 years of work and reaching age 58 or 60, depending on type of employment. All teachers are covered by PERA. 02/05/2014 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-14 No amendments found
SB14-081Republican School Building Inspections Plumbing & Electrical HERPIN / GARDNER Under this bill schools would be allowed to use local building inspectors for plumbing and electrical inspections that currently have to be done by state inspectors. 01/29/2014 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-14 No amendments found
SB14-086Bipartisan Charter School Cap Constr Revolving Loan Program ROBERTS / ROSENTHAL This proposal would create a charter school construction revolving loan program for schools in existence for four or fewer years. The bill would limit loans to $300,000 per school, set the interest rate at 4 percent, limit terms to five years and set various other criteria. The program would be funded by a $5 million transfer from the State Education Fund and would be administered by the state treasurer. 02/19/2014 Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-14 No amendments found
SB14-112Bipartisan Pub School Cap Constr Assistance Fund Approp STEADMAN / DURAN Sponsored by the Joint Budget Committee, this bill would require the legislature to annually set the amount of spending for Building Excellent Schools Today cash grants. Those grants currently are made at the discretion of the Capital Construction Assistance Board, depending on available revenues. 03/20/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-27 No amendments found
SB14-114Bipartisan Student Access To CSU Global Campus TODD / HAMNER The bill would change the role and mission of Colorado State University Global Campus and allow it offer bachelor's degree programs instead of just upper-division bachelor's degree completion programs. 05/02/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-27 No amendments found
SB14-124Democratic School Turnaround Leaders Development Program ZENZINGER / FIELDS The bill would repeal the Department of Education's current school leadership program and create a School Turnaround Leaders Development Program that would contract with outside providers to develop training programs for school turnaround leaders. The bill also would create a grant program for use by districts and schools that wanted to use the training. 06/05/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-27 Amendments
SB14-136Republican Delay Statewide Testing Study Academic Standards MARBLE / SAINE The bill would delay by one year rollout of the new statewide assessments in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. The bill also would create a Colorado Academic Standards Task Force to study implementation of the Colorado academic standards, including the Common Core. The task force, including legislators and public members appointed by chair of the State Board of Education, would have to issue recommendations by Dec. 15, 2015, which would be considered by the legislature and the state board. The bill also would require the Department of Education to hire an outside entity to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of implementing the new standards and new tests. 02/13/2014 Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-27 No amendments found
SB14-139Republican Enhance Charter School Capital Constr Financing SCHEFFEL The state currently provides a charter school debt reserve fund and a "moral obligation" program that creates an obligation of the state to pay bonds issued by the Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority on behalf of charter schools that would not otherwise be paid and that help charter schools finance construction on more favorable terms than they would otherwise be able to. The bill would allow increased use of these mechanisms by raising the balance of the debt reserve fund by $3 million from the State Education Funding and by increasing the limit of the state's "moral obligation" from $400 million to $500 million. 03/12/2014 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-01-27 No amendments found
SB14-149Democratic Private Occupational Schools Standards JOHNSTON / YOUNG Technical measure related to state regulation of private occupational schools. 03/27/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-02-19 No amendments found
SB14-150Bipartisan School Counselor Corps Grant Program TODD / HAMNER The bill would increase annual funding for the Colorado Counselor Corps program to $10 million from $5 million, expand eligibility to all middle and high schools and extend the length of grants to four from three years. The measure also would expand program requirements and specifies characteristics of schools that should be taken into consideration when grants are made. 05/16/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-02-27 Amendments
SB14-165Bipartisan K-12 Academic Growth Performance Eval 2014-15 JOHNSTON / MURRAY This bill would give districts flexibility in how much, if any, to base teacher evaluations on student growth during the 2014-15 school year. Teachers would continue to be evaluated on professional practice, and low evaluations would count toward possible loss of non-probationary status. 05/09/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-03-21 Amendments
SB14-167Democratic Opportunity Schools Pilot Initiative ZENZINGER / FIELDS This bill would create a pilot program under which two small groups of alternative education campuses would receive additional per-pupil funding in order to pilot test programs intended to improve achievement for the at-risk students that attend such schools. 05/02/2014 House Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-03-24 Amendments
SB14-168Bipartisan Teacher Salaries At CO Sch For Deaf & Blind LAMBERT / MAY Technical measure relating to setting of salaries for teachers at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. 05/15/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-03-25 No amendments found
SB14-182Democratic School Boards Meeting In Executive Session HODGE / PENISTON The minutes of a meeting of a local public body during which an executive session is held are required to reflect the topic of the discussion at the executive session. In the case of a meeting of a local board of education during which an executive session is held, the bill additionally requires the minutes to reflect the amount of time each topic was discussed while the board was meeting in executive session. 06/06/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-04-04 Amendments
SB14-185Democratic Pay For Success Contracts For Early Childhood Ed JOHNSTON / PETTERSEN The bill would establish a pay for success contracts for early childhood education services program for the purpose of authorizing the Office of State Planning and Budgeting to enter into state pay-for-success contracts with one or more lead contractors for the provision of early childhood education services that will reduce the need for the state to provide subsequent education support and other social services. 05/05/2014 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-04-08 Amendments
SB14-202Democratic Funding For Energy Efficiency In Schools KERR The bill would increase the availability of funds for school districts to invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements by changing various requirements currently in state law. 05/15/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-04-16 Amendments
SB14-204Republican Education Data Privacy And Security Act MARBLE / EVERETT This comprehensive bill would set requirements for collection and storage of education data, including requirements for written consent for collection of some data, limitations on disclosures to third parties, a ban on commercial use of data, limits on tests that collect psychological information, requirements for data destruction and penalties for violation of the bill. The measure would cover school districts and higher education institutions as well as the Department of Education. 04/28/2014 Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-04-16 No amendments found
SB14-214Bipartisan PERA Studies Conducted By Actuarial Firm LAMBERT / GEROU This bill would commission three different studies of the finances of the Public Employees' Retirement Association, which covers all teachers and many other civil servants. 06/04/2014 Governor Signed
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-04-25 No amendments found
SB14-221Democratic Statewide Social Studies Test Administration KERR The bill proposes reductions in the schedule for administering the state social studies exams. 05/05/2014 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal impact for this bill 2014-04-30 Amendments
SJR14-005Republican School Choice Week HERPIN / PRIOLA The purely ceremonial resolution would declare Jan. 6-Feb. 1 as School Choice Week. 02/21/2014 Signed by the Speaker of the House
Fiscal note currently unavailable 2014-01-29 No amendments found