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HB16-1002 Employee Leave Attend Child's Academic Activities NoneA. Kerr (D)EducationState, Veterans, and Military AffairsSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/09/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/17/2016)01/13/2016

The bill recreates and reenacts the 2009 Parental Involvement in K-12 Education Act with some modifications including renaming the Act the Parental Involvement in Preschool Through Twelfth Grade Education Act, expanding rules to pre-school.

Bill HistoryJ. Buckner (D)

In 2009, the general assembly enacted the Parental Involvement
in K-12 Education Act (2009 act), which allowed an employee of an
employer who is subject to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act
to take leave from work for the purpose of attending academic activities
for or with the employee's child. Under the 2009 act, academic activities
included parent-teacher conferences or meetings related to special
education services, interventions, dropout prevention, attendance, truancy,
or discipline issues. The leave was allowed for an employee who is the
parent or legal guardian of a child enrolled in a public or private school
or in a nonpublic home-based educational program in this state in
kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Leave under the 2009 act was limited to 6 hours per month and 18
hours in any academic year. The 2009 act permitted employers to:
  • Restrict the use of leave in cases of emergency or other
situations that may endanger a person's health or safety or
if the employee's absence would halt the employer's service
or production; and
  • Limit the leave to 3-hour increments at a time and require
the employee to submit written verification from the school
or school district of the activity necessitating the leave.
An employee was required to provide the employer with at least one
week's notice of the leave except in emergency situations.
The 2009 act specified that the 2009 act would repeal on
September 1, 2015. The repeal provision was never amended, so the 2009
act repealed on September 1, 2015.
The bill recreates and reenacts the 2009 act with some
modifications as follows:
  • Renames the act the Parental Involvement in Preschool
Through Twelfth Grade Education Act and expands the
scope to allow leave to attend academic activities for a
child in preschool;
  • Expands the types of academic activities for which a parent
is entitled to leave from work to allow parents to attend
meetings with school counselors in which the employee's
child is directly participating or to attend academic
achievement ceremonies;
  • Requires school districts and institute charter schools to
post on their websites, and include in district-wide or
school-wide communications sent to parents and the
community at large, information about the act;
  • Requires the Colorado state advisory council for parent
involvement in education to also provide information about
the act to the extent possible within existing resources; and
  • Continues the act indefinitely and amends the original
repeal date in the 2009 act to specify that the repeal was to
apply only to the 2009 act.

Reinstates an expired 2009 law that requires larger employers to give parents unpaid time off for specified school activities such as teacher and counselor conferences.

Parents

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Reinstates an expired 2009 law that requires larger employers to give parents unpaid time off for specified school activities such as teacher and counselor conferences.

Parents

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/17/2016)Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/09/2016)J. Buckner (D)A. Kerr (D)EducationState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
HB16-1003 Middle Class College Savings Act NoneM. Merrifield (D)
N. Todd (D)
EducationState, Veterans, and Military AffairsSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/05/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/06/2016)01/13/2016

The bill modifies state income tax deductions by making the
percentages of the amounts of contributions or distributions allowed to be subtracted from a taxpayer's taxable income dependent upon the amount of the taxpayer's federal adjusted gross income based on certain percentages and eliminates deductions for a taxpayer whose federal adjusted gross income is more than $500,000.

Bill HistoryD. Young (D)
B. Pettersen (D)

For purposes of calculating a taxpayer's Colorado taxable income,
current state law begins from a base of the taxpayer's federal taxable
income and provides for various modifications to that base, including
subtractions from federal taxable income (state income tax deductions)
in amounts equal to the full amounts of both contributions made by a
taxpayer to the qualified state tuition program established by
collegeinvest and distributions of investment earnings taken from the
plan. The bill modifies these state income tax deductions by making the
percentages of the amounts of contributions or distributions allowed to be
subtracted from a taxpayer's taxable income dependent upon the amount
of the taxpayer's federal adjusted gross income as follows:
  • 200% of the amounts of contributions or distributions for
a taxpayer whose federal adjusted gross income is
$150,000 or less;
  • 150% of the amounts of contributions or distributions for
a taxpayer whose federal adjusted gross income is more
than $150,000 but not more than $250,000; and
  • 15% of the amounts of contributions or distributions for a
taxpayer whose federal adjusted gross income is more than
$250,000 but not more than $500,000.
The bill eliminates deductions for a taxpayer whose federal adjusted gross
income is more than $500,000.

Changes state tax law to allow middle-income taxpayers to take larger deductions than currently allowed for contributions to higher education savings plans such as CollegeInvest. Eliminates deductions for families that make more than $500,000 a year. 

Higher education

cVotes all Legislators

Changes state tax law to allow middle-income taxpayers to take larger deductions than currently allowed for contributions to higher education savings plans such as CollegeInvest. Eliminates deductions for families that make more than $500,000 a year. 

Higher education

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/06/2016)Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/05/2016)D. Young (D)
B. Pettersen (D)
M. Merrifield (D)
N. Todd (D)
EducationState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
HB16-1013 Sch Dist Crime Insurance In Lieu Of Bonds NoneV. Marble (R)Business, Affairs & LaborEducationGovernor Signed (03/18/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/31/2016)01/13/2016

The bill authorizes a school district to purchase crime insurance coverage instead of the bonds.

Bill HistoryA. Garnett (D)

Current law requires the secretary, assistant secretary, treasurer,
and assistant treasurer of a school board and any person authorized by the
board to be the custodian of money of the school district to obtain a surety
bond before taking office. Additionally, a school board is required to
obtain and pay for a surety bond for any person who is likely to have
custody of $50 or more of school district money.
The bill authorizes a school district to purchase crime insurance
coverage instead of the bonds.

Allows school districts to buy crime insurance rather than surety bonds to cover employees and board members who handle district funds.

Technical

cVotes all Legislators

Allows school districts to buy crime insurance rather than surety bonds to cover employees and board members who handle district funds.

Technical

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/31/2016)Governor Signed (03/18/2016)A. Garnett (D)V. Marble (R)Business, Affairs & LaborEducation
HB16-1016 Using Multiple Measures Of Student Academic Growth NoneA. Kerr (D)EducationState, Veterans, and Military AffairsSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/09/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/13/2016)01/13/2016

The bill creates a grant program to assist school districts, boards of cooperative services, and charter schools (local education providers) in creating and applying multiple measures of student academic growth to measure the performance of public schools and local education providers and to measure educator effectiveness.

Bill HistoryD. Young (D)

The bill creates a grant program to assist school districts, boards
of cooperative services, and charter schools (local education providers)
in creating and applying multiple measures of student academic growth
to measure the performance of public schools and local education
providers and to measure educator effectiveness. A local education
provider may apply to receive a grant by providing specified information,
including a plan for building the capacity of educators and administrators
concerning multiple measures of student academic growth and for
developing and implementing a process for creating and applying
multiple measures of student academic growth. The local education
provider must also agree to an external evaluation of the success of the
plan. The state board of education (state board) must adopt rules for
awarding the grants. The state board, taking into account
recommendations from the department of education (department), must
award the grants based on the quality of an applicant's plan and an
applicant's level of need. The department must contract with an entity to
evaluate each grant recipient's success in creating and applying multiple
measures of student academic growth.
The department must annually prepare and submit to the education
committees of the general assembly a summary of the evaluations,
including an evaluation of whether the multiple measures of student
academic growth were effective in measuring the performance of public
schools and local education providers and in measuring educator
effectiveness and the likelihood of success in applying the multiple
measures statewide to measure the performance of public schools and
local education providers.

Creates a $20 million state grant program to help districts and schools develop multiple measures of student academic success to be used in measuring district performance and to evaluate teachers.

Accountability, Evaluation

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Creates a $20 million state grant program to help districts and schools develop multiple measures of student academic success to be used in measuring district performance and to evaluate teachers.

Accountability, Evaluation

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/13/2016)Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/09/2016)D. Young (D)A. Kerr (D)EducationState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
HB16-1022 Full-day Kindergarten Funding NoneEducationHouse Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (05/05/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/13/2016)01/13/2016

For the 2016-17 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 2016-17 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.

Bill HistoryJ. Wilson (R)

Under current law, students who are enrolled in kindergarten are
counted as half-day pupils for purposes of school finance. In addition,
each school district receives supplemental kindergarten enrollment in the
amount of .08 of a full-day pupil for each kindergarten pupil.
For the 2016-17 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 2016-17
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 2016-17 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.
For the 2017-18 budget year and budget years thereafter, the bill
increases the supplemental kindergarten enrollment so that a school
district that provides a full-day kindergarten program can count as a
full-day student each student who enrolls in the full-day kindergarten
program. All other school districts receive the additional .08 of
supplemental kindergarten enrollment for each student enrolled in
kindergarten. A school district that counts students for a full day of
kindergarten is no longer eligible to receive hold-harmless full-day
kindergarten funding.

Provides districts with full student funding for students who attend all-day kindergarten. Such students currently receive 58 percent of the money allocated per student in other grades. 

Early education

cVotes all Legislators

Provides districts with full student funding for students who attend all-day kindergarten. Such students currently receive 58 percent of the money allocated per student in other grades. 

Early education

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/13/2016)House Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (05/05/2016)J. Wilson (R)Education
HB16-1036 History And Culture In Civil Government NoneJ. Ulibarri (D)EducationState, Veterans, and Military AffairsSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/05/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/20/2016)01/13/2016

The bill mandates funding instruction in public schools of history and civil government of the United States and Colorado, including but not limited to the history, culture, and contributions of the American Indians, Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans.

Bill HistoryJ. Salazar (D)

The bill mandates funding instruction in public schools of history
and civil government of the United States and Colorado, including but not
limited to the history, culture, and contributions of the American Indians,
Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans.
Current law requires school districts to convene community
forums to discuss the content standards in history and civil government
at least once every 10 years. The bill requires the forums to be held at
least every 2 years.
The history, culture, and civil government in education
commission is established to make recommendations to the state board of
education when the state board performs the scheduled review of
education standards in 2018 so those standards and programs accurately
reflect the history, culture, and civil government of the United States and
Colorado, including the contributions and influence of American Indians,
Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans.

Sets standards for teaching of state and U.S. history and civil government that includes the contributions of American Indians. Hispanics, African Americans and Asian Americans. Creates a new commission to be involved in setting the standards.

Standards

cVotes all Legislators

Sets standards for teaching of state and U.S. history and civil government that includes the contributions of American Indians. Hispanics, African Americans and Asian Americans. Creates a new commission to be involved in setting the standards.

Standards

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/20/2016)Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/05/2016)J. Salazar (D)J. Ulibarri (D)EducationState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
HB16-1042 Liquor License Exemption Higher Ed Brewing Program NoneJ. Sonnenberg (R)EducationEducationGovernor Signed (03/18/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/15/2016)01/13/2016

The bill creates an exemption from licensing requirements under the Colorado Beer Code and the Colorado Liquor Code for state institutions of higher education that engage in manufacturing and tasting of fermented malt beverages, also referred to as 3.2% beer, and malt liquor, also referred to as full-strength beer, for teaching or research purposes.

Bill HistoryJ. Arndt (D)

The bill creates an exemption from licensing requirements under
the Colorado Beer Code and the Colorado Liquor Code for state
institutions of higher education that engage in manufacturing and tasting
of fermented malt beverages, also referred to as 3.2% beer, and malt
liquor, also referred to as full-strength beer, for teaching or research
purposes. The exemption applies only if the higher education institution
does not offer its manufactured beer for sale and allows only students,
employees, or expert tasters who are at least 21 years of age to taste the
beer.

Exempts colleges and universities that produce beer in vocational programs from state liquor licensing requirements.

Higher Education, Technical

cVotes all Legislators

Exempts colleges and universities that produce beer in vocational programs from state liquor licensing requirements.

Higher Education, Technical

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/15/2016)Governor Signed (03/18/2016)J. Arndt (D)J. Sonnenberg (R)EducationEducation
HB16-1050 Low-income Parents Ed Child Care NoneM. Merrifield (D)Public Health Care and Human ServicesState, Veterans, and Military AffairsSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/27/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/23/2016)01/13/2016

The bill creates a task force to address the child care needs of low-income parents of young children as the parents seek to advance their education.

Bill HistoryB. Pettersen (D)

Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative
Commission. The bill creates a task force to address the child care needs
of low-income parents of young children as the parents seek to advance
their education. The task force consists of the leaders, or their designees,
of the departments of labor and employment, higher education, education,
and human services; parents and representatives of organizations,
appointed by the governor; and employees of county departments of
human services or social services, selected by the executive director of
the department of human services. The task force must identify and
reduce, if possible, barriers to obtaining child care from the range of
available federal, state, and private child care sources, determine whether
the parents' child care needs can be met through existing sources, review
and streamline the processes for providing child care for parents while
they obtain education or training, communicate the availability of child
care from public and private sources to parents who are seeking education
or training, and recommend legislative changes, if necessary. By March
1, 2017, the task force must submit a report of its activities to the general
assembly, and before July 1, 2017, the task force must submit the report
to the early childhood and school readiness legislative commission. The
task force is repealed, effective July 1, 2017.

Creates a task force to study the child care needs of low-income parents who are in school.

Early education

cVotes all Legislators

Creates a task force to study the child care needs of low-income parents who are in school.

Early education

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/23/2016)Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/27/2016)B. Pettersen (D)M. Merrifield (D)Public Health Care and Human ServicesState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
HB16-1058 Misuse Of Electronic Images By A Juvenile NoneL. Newell (D)
J. Cooke (R)
Public Health Care and Human ServicesHouse Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely (04/25/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/19/2016)01/13/2016

The bill creates the crime of misuse of electronic images by a juvenile.

Bill HistoryR. Fields (D)
Y. Willett (R)

The bill creates the crime of misuse of electronic images by a
juvenile. The offense prohibits a juvenile from knowingly distributing,
displaying, or publishing through digital or electronic means, or
possessing, a sexually explicit image of himself or herself or of another
juvenile who, as depicted in the image, is within 4 years of age of the
charged juvenile. If a juvenile is charged with the crime of misuse of
electronic images by a juvenile, he or she cannot be charged with sexual
exploitation of a child. It is an affirmative defense if the juvenile:
  • Did not solicit or request to be supplied with the image or
images;
  • Did not participate in or encourage the making of the image
or images;
  • Did not transmit or distribute the image or images to
another person; and
  • Took reasonable steps to either destroy or delete the images
within 72 hours or reported the receipt of such image or
images to law enforcement or a school official within 72
hours.

Creates a new crime of "misuse of electronic images by a juvenile." Juveniles charged with the crime couldn't be charged with sexual exploitation of a child. That conviction labels a person as a sex offender. This bill is in response to the Canon City High School sexting scandal.

School safety

cVotes all Legislators

Creates a new crime of "misuse of electronic images by a juvenile." Juveniles charged with the crime couldn't be charged with sexual exploitation of a child. That conviction labels a person as a sex offender. This bill is in response to the Canon City High School sexting scandal.

School safety

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/19/2016)House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely (04/25/2016)R. Fields (D)
Y. Willett (R)
L. Newell (D)
J. Cooke (R)
Public Health Care and Human Services
HB16-1063 Mental Hlth Professional Disclosure School Safety NoneB. Cadman (R)
M. Scheffel (R)
JudiciaryHealth and Human ServicesGovernor Signed (05/18/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/25/2016)01/13/2016

The bill grants an exception to the prohibition against disclosure when the mental health professional's client either makes a direct threat against a school or its occupants; or exhibits behavior that, in the mental health professional's reasonable judgment, creates a dangerous environment in a school that may jeopardize the safety or well being of students, faculty, staff, parents, or the general public. The mental health professional must limit the disclosure to appropriate school district personnel and maintain confidentiality of the disclosure.

Bill HistoryC. Duran (D)
M. Foote (D)

Except under limited circumstances, current law prohibits a
licensed, registered, or certified mental health professional from
disclosing, without the client's consent, confidential communications
made by, or advice given to, the client in the course of the professional
relationship.
The bill grants an exception to the prohibition against disclosure
when the mental health professional's client either:
  • Makes a direct threat against a school or its occupants; or
  • Exhibits behavior that, in the mental health professional's
reasonable judgment, creates a dangerous environment in
a school that may jeopardize the safety or well being of
students, faculty, staff, parents, or the general public.
The mental health professional must limit the disclosure to
appropriate school district personnel and maintain confidentiality of the
disclosure.
A mental health professional is not liable for disclosing or failing
to disclose a confidential communication, except to the extent the mental
health professional has a duty under current law to warn and protect.

Creates an exception to client confidentiality requirements and allows mental health professionals to disclose threats against schools and behavior that could threaten a school.

School safety

cVotes all Legislators

Creates an exception to client confidentiality requirements and allows mental health professionals to disclose threats against schools and behavior that could threaten a school.

School safety

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/25/2016)Governor Signed (05/18/2016)C. Duran (D)
M. Foote (D)
B. Cadman (R)
M. Scheffel (R)
JudiciaryHealth and Human Services
HB16-1074 Ltd Gaming Revenue For Online Supplemental Ed NoneO. Hill (R)State, Veterans, & Military AffairsHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (01/27/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/01/2016)01/13/2016

The bill reduces all of the transfers of limited gaming revenue to these cash funds by 10%, which totals $3,010,000, and requires the state treasurer to transfer an equal amount of the revenue to the state public school fund to be used to reduce the cost to school districts, charter schools, and boards of cooperative services of purchasing supplemental online education courses.

Bill HistoryT. Dore (R)

After paying for administrative expenses, half of the money in the
limited gaming fund is constitutionally allocated and the other half is
required to be transferred to the general fund or any other cash fund
designated by the general assembly. Of the latter half, the general
assembly has designated transfers to the Colorado travel and tourism
promotion fund, the advanced industries acceleration cash fund, the local
government limited gaming impact fund, the innovative higher education
research fund, the creative industries cash fund, and the Colorado office
of film, television, and media operational account cash fund, with the
remainder transferred to the general fund.
The bill reduces all of the transfers of limited gaming revenue to
these cash funds by 10%, which totals $3,010,000, and requires the state
treasurer to transfer an equal amount of the revenue to the state public
school fund to be used to reduce the cost to school districts, charter
schools, and boards of cooperative services of purchasing supplemental
online education courses.

Changes the allocation of state casino tax revenues to provide $3 million in aid to schools to pay for supplemental online courses.

Online education, Funding

cVotes all Legislators

Changes the allocation of state casino tax revenues to provide $3 million in aid to schools to pay for supplemental online courses.

Online education, Funding

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/01/2016)House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (01/27/2016)T. Dore (R)O. Hill (R)State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
HB16-1078 Local Gov Employee Whistleblower Protection NoneM. Hodge (D)Local GovernmentState, Veterans, and Military AffairsSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/27/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/23/2016)01/13/2016

The bill gives whistle blower protections to county, municipal, or local education provider employees.

Bill HistoryD. Kagan (D)

The bill prohibits a county, municipality, or local education
provider from imposing any disciplinary action against an employee on
account of the employee's statements to any person about the local
government that the employee reasonably believes to show:
  • A violation of a state or federal law, a local ordinance or
resolution, or a local education provider policy;
  • A waste or misuse of public funds;
  • Fraud;
  • An abuse of authority;
  • Mismanagement; or
  • A danger to the health or safety of students, employees, or
the public.
The bill permits an employee to file a written complaint with the
office of administrative courts for referral to an administrative law judge
alleging that a local government has imposed disciplinary action that
violates this prohibition and seeking injunctive relief and damages.
Employees who lose the administrative hearing may file a civil action in
district court. The employee protection does not apply if the disclosure
was false or made with reckless disregard for the truth or falsity thereof,
or if it was of a protected public record or confidential information that
was not reasonably necessary to show one or more of the identified
circumstances.
Administrative law judges are given jurisdiction to hear,
determine, and make findings and awards on all these whistleblower
cases. The director of the office of administrative courts is required to
establish rules to govern these proceedings and hearings.

Creates whistle-blower protections for employees of local governments, including school districts.    

School boards, Teachers

cVotes all Legislators

Creates whistle-blower protections for employees of local governments, including school districts.    

School boards, Teachers

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/23/2016)Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/27/2016)D. Kagan (D)M. Hodge (D)Local GovernmentState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
HB16-1082 Change Name Area Vocational Schools NoneN. Todd (D)EducationEducationGovernor Signed (03/31/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/10/2016)01/19/2016

The bill changes references to area vocational schools in the Colorado Revised Statutes to area technical colleges to remove the obsolete terminology.

Bill HistoryA. Garnett (D)
Y. Willett (R)

Under current law, the governing board of an area vocational
school may, by resolution, change the name of the area vocational school
to an area technical college. Pursuant to this authority, all area vocational
schools in the state have been named area technical colleges.
The bill changes references to area vocational schools in the
Colorado Revised Statutes to area technical colleges to remove the
obsolete terminology.
The bill also adds a representative of an area technical college to
the concurrent enrollment advisory board and the state work force
development council.

Changes the names of the state's three area vocational schools to area technical colleges.

Vocational education

cVotes all Legislators

Changes the names of the state's three area vocational schools to area technical colleges.

Vocational education

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/10/2016)Governor Signed (03/31/2016)A. Garnett (D)
Y. Willett (R)
N. Todd (D)EducationEducation
HB16-1083 Western State Colorado University Role And Mission NoneK. Grantham (R)
K. Donovan (D)
EducationEducationGovernor Signed (04/01/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/10/2016)01/19/2016

The bill modifies the admission standards for Western state Colorado university (university) from moderately selective to selective.

Bill HistoryM. Hamner (D)
J. Brown (R)

The bill modifies the admission standards for Western state
Colorado university (university) from moderately selective to selective.
In addition, the bill removes statutory language that allows the
university to offer undergraduate teacher preparation and business degree
programs and replaces it with the broader category of professional degree
programs.

Changes the admissions standards for Western State Colorado University from moderately selective to selective.

Higher education

cVotes all Legislators

Changes the admissions standards for Western State Colorado University from moderately selective to selective.

Higher education

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/10/2016)Governor Signed (04/01/2016)M. Hamner (D)
J. Brown (R)
K. Grantham (R)
K. Donovan (D)
EducationEducation
HB16-1098 School Discipline Reporting Requirements NoneL. Newell (D)EducationEducationGovernor Signed (04/15/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/22/2016)01/19/2016

The bill makes adjustments to required school discipline reporting provisions.

Bill HistoryP. Lawrence (R)

The bill makes adjustments to required school discipline reporting
provisions. If the department of public safety utilizes records related to
juvenile proceedings for research purposes, that department must meet all
statutory requirements for research use; except that it is not required to
obtain prior authorization from the department of human services. A
provision is added to the section concerning the use of juvenile
delinquency data for research purposes that any research generated by that
data must be in aggregate form. Certain information may be released
regarding an expunged case by any law enforcement agency, a district
attorney, a court, or any agency of the state judicial department to the
department of public safety, division of criminal justice, for research
purposes.
The district attorney or his or her designee is no longer subject to
any criminal or civil penalties for his or her compliance with the reporting
obligations of the statute.
The division of criminal justice is no longer required to release
data related to juvenile delinquency to independent entities for research
purposes.

Makes changes to state law regarding reporting of school discipline incidents and use of juvenile justice records for research purposes.

School safety

cVotes all Legislators

Makes changes to state law regarding reporting of school discipline incidents and use of juvenile justice records for research purposes.

School safety

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/22/2016)Governor Signed (04/15/2016)P. Lawrence (R)L. Newell (D)EducationEducation
HB16-1099 Repeal Of Mutual Consent Teacher Assignment Reqmt NoneEducationHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (04/18/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/22/2016)01/19/2016

The bill requires each school district to assign or dismiss with due process each teacher who was unable to secure a mutual consent assignment and who was placed and remains on unpaid leave as a result.

Bill HistoryJ. Salazar (D)

Under existing law, if a nonprobationary teacher (teacher) is
removed from a teaching assignment within a school district, the teacher
must secure a mutual consent assignment at another school of the school
district within a certain time or be placed on unpaid leave. The bill repeals
this requirement. The bill requires each school district to assign or dismiss
with due process each teacher who was unable to secure a mutual consent
assignment and who was placed and remains on unpaid leave as a result.
In the new assignment, the teacher must receive the same level of salary
and benefits that the teacher would have received if he or she had not
been displaced.

Changes the "mutual consent" provisions of state teacher evaluation law to require that districts either assign or dismiss a teacher with due process who hasn't been able to secure a mutual consent assignments. Bill also protects a teacher's compensation in cases of reassignment.

Teachers, Evaluation

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Changes the "mutual consent" provisions of state teacher evaluation law to require that districts either assign or dismiss a teacher with due process who hasn't been able to secure a mutual consent assignments. Bill also protects a teacher's compensation in cases of reassignment.

Teachers, Evaluation

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/22/2016)House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (04/18/2016)J. Salazar (D)Education
HB16-1100 Define Tuition Status Unaccompanied Homeless Youth NoneJ. Cooke (R)EducationEducationGovernor Signed (05/17/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/21/2016)01/19/2016

The bill amends statutory provisions relating to the persons qualified to determine domicile for purposes of establishing in-state tuition at state institutions of higher education.

Bill HistoryB. Pettersen (D)
D. Esgar (D)

The bill amends statutory provisions relating to the persons
qualified to determine domicile for purposes of establishing in-state
tuition at state institutions of higher education. The bill adds
unaccompanied homeless youth to the list of persons who are qualified to
determine their own domicile. An unaccompanied homeless youth is
defined in the bill, consistent with the federal definition, as an individual
who has not attained 22 years of age and who is either an unaccompanied
youth who is a homeless child or youth or who has been verified as
unaccompanied, at risk of homelessness, and self-supporting by one of
four verifiers listed in the bill.
The bill amends the definition of qualified person in the statutory
provisions relating to tuition status to include unaccompanied homeless
youth.

Makes is easier for homeless youth to become eligible for resident tuition rates at state colleges.

Higher education

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Makes is easier for homeless youth to become eligible for resident tuition rates at state colleges.

Higher education

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/21/2016)Governor Signed (05/17/2016)B. Pettersen (D)
D. Esgar (D)
J. Cooke (R)EducationEducation
HB16-1116 Public Forum On Micro-credentialing NoneEducationHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (03/28/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/29/2016)01/20/2016

The bill directs the executive officer of the state board for community colleges and occupational education, or his or her designee, to hold a public forum on or before September 1, 2016, to discuss a model for micro-credentialing.

Bill HistoryR. Fields (D)

The bill directs the executive officer of the state board for
community colleges and occupational education, or his or her designee,
to hold a public forum on or before September 1, 2016, to discuss a model
for micro-credentialing. The bill specifies the minimum topics for
discussion, including how micro-credentials would be used, the types of
skills and knowledge the micro-credentials would document, the platform
for hosting micro-credentials, and protocols for protecting the security of
micro-credentials. The executive officer or designee must prepare a
summary of the findings and recommendations that arise from the public
forum, submit it to several entities, and post it on the community college
system website. The executive officer or designee must also present the
findings and recommendations to a joint meeting of the education
committees of the general assembly held no later than February 1, 2017.

Requires State Board of Public Education to hold a public hearing on use of micro-credentials to identify student competencies.

Students

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Requires State Board of Public Education to hold a public hearing on use of micro-credentials to identify student competencies.

Students

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/29/2016)House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (03/28/2016)R. Fields (D)Education
HB16-1121 Performance Evaluation Natl Board Certified Teacher NoneM. Merrifield (D)
N. Todd (D)
EducationHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (02/22/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/29/2016)01/20/2016

The bill allows a local board of education or board of cooperative services that adopts its own local licensed personnel evaluation system to exempt national board certified teachers from the annual requirements of
such system for a period not to exceed 3 years.

Bill HistoryJ. Arndt (D)

The bill allows a local board of education or board of cooperative
services that adopts its own local licensed personnel evaluation system to
exempt national board certified teachers from the annual requirements of
such system for a period not to exceed 3 years. If a local board of
education or board of cooperative services decides to provide such an
exemption, the teacher must retain the rating he or she received on his or
her most recent evaluation for the 3-year exemption period. A teacher
who has been exempt from evaluations pursuant to this bill may request
a new evaluation prior to the end of the 3-year exemption period. The
rating from such a new evaluation will become the teacher's new
performance evaluation rating.

Allows school boards that have local district evaluation systems to exempt nationally board certified teachers from annual evaluations for up to three years.

Teachers

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Allows school boards that have local district evaluation systems to exempt nationally board certified teachers from annual evaluations for up to three years.

Teachers

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/29/2016)House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (02/22/2016)J. Arndt (D)M. Merrifield (D)
N. Todd (D)
Education
HB16-1128 Extending Concurrent Enrollment Statewide NoneEducationHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (04/06/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/29/2016)01/20/2016

The bill amends the existing Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act to require all school districts, charter schools, and BOCES schools (local education providers) and all public institutions of higher education to provide concurrent enrollment opportunities for qualified students enrolled in high school.

Bill HistoryP. Lundeen (R)

The bill amends the existing Concurrent Enrollment Programs
Act to require all school districts, charter schools, and BOCES schools
(local education providers) and all public institutions of higher education
to provide concurrent enrollment opportunities for qualified students
enrolled in high school. A qualified student who seeks to concurrently
enroll in one or more postsecondary courses must apply to the school
district superintendent or, if the qualified student is enrolled in a charter
school or school operated by a board of cooperative services (BOCES
school), to the school principal, specifying the institution of higher
education and the postsecondary course or courses in which the qualified
student seeks to enroll. The superintendent or principal may deny the
qualified student's request to concurrently enroll only on the basis of
documented evidence that the qualified student is not behaviorally or
academically prepared to enroll in postsecondary courses.
If a superintendent or principal denies a qualified student's request
to enroll, the denial must be in writing with the reasons for the denial. The
qualified student may appeal the denial to the governing board of the
local education provider, and the governing board shall consider the
appeal no later than the next regular meeting. If the governing board
denies the appeal, the qualified student may appeal the denial to the state
board of education, and the state board shall consider the appeal no later
than its next regular meeting.
Each local education provider must publicize the availability of
concurrent enrollment to students and parents at least twice each school
year.
Under existing law, a local education provider may enter into a
cooperative agreement with one or more institutions of higher education.
In addition to other provisions, the terms of the cooperative agreement
must specify the amount of tuition that the local education provider pays
to the institution of higher education, which generally does not exceed the
local community college tuition rate. Under the bill, cooperative
agreements are no longer required, and issues that were previously
required to be addressed in cooperative agreements are specified in the
bill.
If a qualified student concurrently enrolls, the local education
provider that enrolls the qualified student must pay to the enrolling
institution of higher education an amount equal to 5% of the local
education provider's per pupil revenue for each credit hour in which the
qualified student enrolls.

Seeks to expand concurrent enrollment of high school students in college classes by requiring all school districts and colleges to offer concurrent enrollment. Also proposes a new, standard system for school districts to pay colleges and creates an appeals process for students whose college study plans are denied by their districts.

Higher education, Students

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Seeks to expand concurrent enrollment of high school students in college classes by requiring all school districts and colleges to offer concurrent enrollment. Also proposes a new, standard system for school districts to pay colleges and creates an appeals process for students whose college study plans are denied by their districts.

Higher education, Students

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/29/2016)House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (04/06/2016)P. Lundeen (R)Education
HB16-1130 Changes To CDE Reports NoneM. Johnston (D)EducationEducationGovernor Signed (03/22/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/05/2016)01/20/2016

The bill changes the date by which the department of education (department) must submit the report concerning policy recommendations for reducing student dropout rates and increasing student graduation and completion rates from February 15 to April 15. 

Bill HistoryK. Priola (R)

The bill changes the date by which the department of education
(department) must submit the report concerning policy recommendations
for reducing student dropout rates and increasing student graduation and
completion rates from February 15 to April 15. The bill repeals the annual
report prepared by the department concerning character education
programs and the requirement that the department study and prepare an
annual report concerning concurrent enrollment options available in the
public school system.

Repeals current requirements that the Department of Education prepare annual reports on character education programs and concurrent enrollment programs.

Department of Education

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Repeals current requirements that the Department of Education prepare annual reports on character education programs and concurrent enrollment programs.

Department of Education

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/05/2016)Governor Signed (03/22/2016)K. Priola (R)M. Johnston (D)EducationEducation
HB16-1131 Public Ed Stds & Assessments NoneEducationHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (03/07/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/29/2016)01/20/2016

The bill repeals the requirement that the state participate in a consortium of states that creates a set of assessments to measure students' college and career readiness.

Bill HistoryT. Carver (R)

The bill repeals the requirement that the state participate in a
consortium of states that creates a set of assessments to measure students'
college and career readiness.
The bill allows the department of education (department), at the
request of the state board of education (state board) and to the extent
possible under the federal education law or under a federal waiver, to
recommend to the state board state assessment options for use by local
education providers. The state assessment options would have to provide
a valid measurement of the level of student achievement of the state
academic standards and be sufficient to support statewide accountability
and comparability.
Under existing law, the department selects an assessment to
administer to students in tenth grade (tenth-grade test) and a
curriculum-based, achievement college entrance exam (exam) to
administer to students in eleventh grade. The department is required to
consider competitive bids for the tenth-grade test and the exam every 5
years. The bill repeals the requirement to reconsider competitive bids
every 5 years. No later than July 1, 2021, the bill requires the state board,
instead of the department, to select the tenth-grade test and the exam.
The bill allows the department to reduce the administration of state
assessments if the department, at the direction of the state board,
participates in a pilot assessment program authorized in the federal
education law.

Proposes various changes in the state testing system, including repeal of the current requirement that Colorado be affiliated with a multi-state testing group. The bill also would give the State Board of Education, not the Department of Education, the power to choose the 10th and 11th grade college and career readiness tests and repeal the requirement that those tests be put out to bid every five years. Other provisions of the bill would encourage greater district choice of tests.

Testing

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Proposes various changes in the state testing system, including repeal of the current requirement that Colorado be affiliated with a multi-state testing group. The bill also would give the State Board of Education, not the Department of Education, the power to choose the 10th and 11th grade college and career readiness tests and repeal the requirement that those tests be put out to bid every five years. Other provisions of the bill would encourage greater district choice of tests.

Testing

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/29/2016)House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (03/07/2016)T. Carver (R)Education
HB16-1140 Camp Contrib Limits For School Dist Dir Elections NoneState, Veterans, & Military AffairsHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/21/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/07/2016)01/21/2016

The bill sets aggregate limits on contributions to candidates for school board from persons other than small donor comittees of $500 and from small donor committees at $5000.

Bill HistoryL. Court (D)
D. Pabon (D)

Current law regulating campaign finance does not set limits on
contributions to candidates for school district director.
Section 2 of the bill:
  • Sets aggregate limits on contributions to candidates for
school district director from persons other than small donor
committees for any regular biennial or special school
election in the amount of $500; and
  • Sets aggregate limits on contributions to candidates for
school district director from small donor committees for
any regular biennial or special school election in the
amount of $5,000.
Section 3 of the bill subjects the new contribution limits to
existing statutory provisions governing the disclosure of campaign
contributions.
Section 4 of the bill contains requirements governing when a
candidate for school district director is required to provide disclosure of
information concerning campaign contributions and clarifies that such
candidates are required to file their disclosure with the secretary of state.

Sets contribution limits to school board candidates of $500 for individuals and political committees and $5,000 for small donor committees.

School boards

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Sets contribution limits to school board candidates of $500 for individuals and political committees and $5,000 for small donor committees.

School boards

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/07/2016)House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/21/2016)L. Court (D)
D. Pabon (D)
State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
HB16-1144 Transparency College Courses High School Students NoneK. Grantham (R)EducationEducationGovernor Signed (03/31/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/30/2016)01/21/2016

The bill requires a public high school student's education provider to notify the student and his or her parent or legal guardian if the student enrolls in a postsecondary course that does not meet the statutory requirements for concurrent enrollment programs.

Bill HistoryJ. Becker (R)
B. Pettersen (D)

The bill requires a public high school student's education provider
to notify the student and his or her parent or legal guardian if the student
enrolls in a postsecondary course that does not meet the statutory
requirements for concurrent enrollment programs. The notice must inform
the student that the course does not meet the requirements of the
concurrent enrollment statute and that there are postsecondary courses
available to the student at low or no cost that meet the concurrent
enrollment requirements and that are credit-bearing and applicable toward
earning a degree or certificate at an institution of higher education or, if
approved for statewide transfer, at any institution of higher education.

Requires districts to inform high school students if they've enrolled in non-credit college classes under a concurrent enrollment program.

Higher education, Students

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Requires districts to inform high school students if they've enrolled in non-credit college classes under a concurrent enrollment program.

Higher education, Students

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/30/2016)Governor Signed (03/31/2016)J. Becker (R)
B. Pettersen (D)
K. Grantham (R)EducationEducation
HB16-1162 Low-performing Schools Admin Salary Increases NoneEducationHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (03/14/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/05/2016)01/28/2016

Turnaround schools must publish any potential salary increases for superintendents or principals of those schools at least 7 days before the meeting to discuss the increase.

Bill HistoryC. Navarro (R)

If the governing board of a school district or a public school is
considering a salary increase for the superintendent of the school district
or the principal or vice principal of the public school and the school
district or public school is operating under a priority improvement plan
or a turnaround plan, the bill requires publication of notice of the proposal
at least 7 days before the meeting at which the governing board will
discuss the salary increase proposal. If the governing board of the school
district or the public school decides to grant the salary increase, the
governing board must publish notice of the salary increase at least 7 days
before the meeting at which the governing board will take action on the
salary increase. The governing board must allow public testimony at the
meeting at which it takes action on the salary increase. Each of the
required notices must be published in a publication that is competent to
publish legal notices.

Requires school boards in priority improvement and turnaround districts to provide public notice of planned raises in superintendents' salaries.

Accountability

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Requires school boards in priority improvement and turnaround districts to provide public notice of planned raises in superintendents' salaries.

Accountability

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/05/2016)House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (03/14/2016)C. Navarro (R)Education
HB16-1164 Transfer Immunization Exemption Duties To CDPHE NoneI. Aguilar (D)Health, Insurance, & EnvironmentHouse Second Reading Laid Over to 06/01/2016 - No Amendments (04/25/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/05/2016)01/28/2016

The bill will require parents or students to submit immunization documentation to the department of public health and environment instead of the school. 

Bill HistoryD. Pabon (D)

Under current law, parents or students seeking an exemption from
immunization requirements are to submit the required documentation in
support of the exemption to the student's school.
The bill will require parents or students to submit the
documentation to the department of public health and environment
instead of the school. The department is responsible for determining the
form by which the exemption is to be submitted and for posting on its
website exemption rates for each school.

Requires parents seeking exemption from immunization requirements to submit requests to the state health department, not to schools.

Parents

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Requires parents seeking exemption from immunization requirements to submit requests to the state health department, not to schools.

Parents

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/05/2016)House Second Reading Laid Over to 06/01/2016 - No Amendments (04/25/2016)D. Pabon (D)I. Aguilar (D)Health, Insurance, & Environment
HB16-1171 Sunset CO Special Ed Fiscal Advisory Committee NoneL. Woods (R)EducationEducationGovernor Signed (06/08/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/03/2016)02/01/2016

The bill continues the special education fiscal advisory committee. 

Bill HistoryR. Fields (D)
B. Pettersen (D)

Sunset Process - House Education Committee. The Colorado
special education fiscal advisory committee (committee) is scheduled to
repeal July 1, 2016. The bill continues the committee indefinitely.

Continues a special education fiscal advisory committee under the state’s sunset law.

Technical

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Continues a special education fiscal advisory committee under the state’s sunset law.

Technical

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/03/2016)Governor Signed (06/08/2016)R. Fields (D)
B. Pettersen (D)
L. Woods (R)EducationEducation
HB16-1177 Sunset Council Of Higher Education Representatives NoneO. Hill (R)EducationEducationGovernor Signed (06/06/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/21/2016)02/01/2016

The bill extends the review of the statewide articulation matrix system of common course numbering.

Bill HistoryJ. Buckner (D)
B. Pettersen (D)

Sunset Process - House Education Committee. The bill
indefinitely extends the council of higher education representatives,
convened by the Colorado commission on higher education pursuant to
section 23-1-108.5, Colorado Revised Statutes, to review the statewide
articulation matrix system of common course numbering.

Continues the Council of Higher Education Representatives, a group that reviews common course number, under the state agency sunset law.

Technical, Higher Education

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Continues the Council of Higher Education Representatives, a group that reviews common course number, under the state agency sunset law.

Technical, Higher Education

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/21/2016)Governor Signed (06/06/2016)J. Buckner (D)
B. Pettersen (D)
O. Hill (R)EducationEducation
HB16-1178 In-state Tuition American Indian Tribes Ties To CO NoneJ. Ulibarri (D)EducationState, Veterans, and Military AffairsSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/04/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/21/2016)02/01/2016

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.

Bill HistoryJ. Salazar (D)

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.

Makes members of Indian tribes with historic ties to Colorado eligible for resident tuition rates at state colleges.

Higher education

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Makes members of Indian tribes with historic ties to Colorado eligible for resident tuition rates at state colleges.

Higher education

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/21/2016)Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/04/2016)J. Salazar (D)J. Ulibarri (D)EducationState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
HB16-1196 Aspire To College Colorado Pilot Program NoneM. Johnston (D)EducationState, Veterans, and Military AffairsSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/02/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/16/2016)02/03/2016

The bill creates the aspire to college Colorado pilot program for college savings accounts. 

Bill HistoryB. Pettersen (D)
B. Rankin (R)

The bill creates the aspire to college Colorado pilot program (pilot
program) in the department of human services (state department) to
provide college savings accounts, as defined in the bill, to preschool-aged
children served in an early childhood program. The state department shall
administer the pilot program and shall adopt necessary rules for
implementation of the pilot program.
Within existing appropriations, the state department shall make an
initial $50 contribution to a college savings account administered by
collegeinvest as part of the college savings program on behalf of an
eligible child. The pilot program may serve up to 2,000 eligible children
per year for up to 3 years. Through private donations, the pilot program
may provide matching dollars for family savings, bonuses to encourage
regular savings, family financial education, and an evaluation of the
long-term impact of the pilot program.
The bill creates the aspire to college Colorado pilot program fund.

Creates pilot program in Department of Human Services for college savings accounts for preschool children.

Higher education, Early education

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Creates pilot program in Department of Human Services for college savings accounts for preschool children.

Higher education, Early education

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/16/2016)Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/02/2016)B. Pettersen (D)
B. Rankin (R)
M. Johnston (D)EducationState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
HB16-1198 Computer Courses Fulfill Graduation Requirements NoneA. Kerr (D)
J. Tate (R)
EducationEducationGovernor Signed (04/21/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (09/20/2016)02/04/2016

The bill encourages school districts to count a computer science or
coding course as fulfilling a graduation requirement in a mathematics or
science subject area.

Bill HistoryD. Pabon (D)
J. Wilson (R)

The bill encourages school districts to count a computer science or
coding course as fulfilling a graduation requirement in a mathematics or
science subject area.
It directs the state board of education, when revising the preschool
through elementary and secondary education standards in mathematics
and science, to include knowledge and skills in computer science.
Finally, the bill directs the department of education to create and
maintain a resource bank including national model standards, model
programs of instruction, model curricula, and model materials for
professional educator development.

Encourages school districts to count computer science classes toward graduation requirements in math or science and directs State Board of Education to include computer knowledge and skills in math and science standards when those are next revised.

Standards

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Encourages school districts to count computer science classes toward graduation requirements in math or science and directs State Board of Education to include computer knowledge and skills in math and science standards when those are next revised.

Standards

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (09/20/2016)Governor Signed (04/21/2016)D. Pabon (D)
J. Wilson (R)
A. Kerr (D)
J. Tate (R)
EducationEducation
HB16-1204 Allow Concealed Carry On Public School Grounds NoneT. Neville (R)State, Veterans, & Military AffairsHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/07/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/17/2016)02/04/2016

The bill removes concealed handgun prohibitions at public schools.

Bill HistoryP. Neville (R)

With certain exceptions, current law limits the authority of a
person who holds a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun by
prohibiting permit holders from carrying a concealed handgun on public
elementary, middle, junior high, and high school grounds. The bill
removes this limitation.

School safety

School safety

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School safety

School safety

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/17/2016)House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/07/2016)P. Neville (R)T. Neville (R)State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
HB16-1222 Suppl Online Ed & Blended Learning Resources NoneN. Todd (D)
O. Hill (R)
EducationFinanceGovernor Signed (06/10/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/09/2016)02/04/2016

The bill creates the statewide supplemental online and blended learning program (program) to better administer the availability of these courses and services. 

Bill HistoryM. Tyler (D)
B. Rankin (R)

Under current law, a board of cooperative services (BOCES) is
designated to make supplemental online education courses, teacher
professional development, and consulting services available to school
districts, charter schools, and other BOCES (local education providers).
The designated BOCES contracts with nonprofit entities to provide these
services.
The bill creates the statewide supplemental online and blended
learning program (program) to better administer the availability of these
courses and services. The designated BOCES is charged with leading and
administering the program, which includes creating a statewide plan for
making supplemental online and blended learning resources available to
local education providers. In administering the program, the designated
BOCES may contract with multiple nonprofit providers for the
supplemental online education courses, professional development, and
consulting services. The designated BOCES must also actively market the
program to local education providers. The designated BOCES may
expend up to 10 % of the amount appropriated for the program to offset
the increased costs of administering the program.

Creates a statewide supplemental online and blended learning program to improve the administration and availability of such courses and services.

Online education

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Creates a statewide supplemental online and blended learning program to improve the administration and availability of such courses and services.

Online education

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/09/2016)Governor Signed (06/10/2016)M. Tyler (D)
B. Rankin (R)
N. Todd (D)
O. Hill (R)
EducationFinance
HB16-1225 School Districts Must Post Director Candidate Info NoneJ. Tate (R)EducationEducationGovernor Signed (06/10/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/19/2016)02/04/2016

The bill requires a school district of at least 1,000 pupils to post on its official website, no later than 60 days before the date of an election for school district directors, a statement provided by each director candidate to the secretary of the board of education with other required filings.

Bill HistoryK. Priola (R)

The bill requires a school district of at least 1,000 pupils to post on
its official website, no later than 60 days before the date of an election for
school district directors, a statement provided by each director candidate
to the secretary of the board of education with other required filings. The
statement must be posted verbatim, except that it may not include any
profane or false statements or exceed 1,000 words in length.

Requires school districts with more than 1,000 pupils to post unedited statements by school board candidates on their websites.

School boards

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Requires school districts with more than 1,000 pupils to post unedited statements by school board candidates on their websites.

School boards

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/19/2016)Governor Signed (06/10/2016)K. Priola (R)J. Tate (R)EducationEducation
HB16-1227 Exemptions Child Support Reqmnts Child Care Assist NoneO. Hill (R)
L. Crowder (R)
Public Health Care and Human ServicesHealth and Human ServicesGovernor Signed (05/19/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/23/2016)02/04/2016

The bill exempts an applicant who is a victim of domestic violence, a sexual offense, harassment, or stalking from child support cooperation requirements or from establishing good cause for not cooperating as a condition of receiving child care assistance. 

Bill HistoryD. Kagan (D)
B. DelGrosso (R)

Under current law, a county may impose as a condition of
receiving low-income child care assistance under the Colorado child care
assistance program (CCCAP) that an applicant who is not a Colorado
works participant apply for and cooperate with child support
establishment and enforcement, unless the applicant shows good cause to
the county for an exemption from this requirement. Pursuant to this law,
the state board of human services (state board) has adopted rules that give
counties the option to require child support cooperation as a condition of
receiving child care assistance for teen parents.
The bill exempts an applicant who is a teen parent, as defined by
rule of the state board, from child support cooperation requirements as a
condition of receiving child care assistance. Once a person who receives
child care assistance no longer meets the definition of a teen parent, the
county may require that person to cooperate with child support
establishment and enforcement as a condition of continued receipt of
child care assistance.
The bill exempts an applicant who is a victim of domestic
violence, a sexual offense, harassment, or stalking from child support
cooperation requirements or from establishing good cause for not
cooperating as a condition of receiving child care assistance. The bill sets
forth the requirements that a victim of domestic violence, a sexual
offense, harassment, or stalking must establish to qualify for this
exception.
A county may provide information about the importance of
establishing child support to a teen parent or a victim of domestic
violence, a sexual offense, harassment, or stalking who chooses not to
engage in child support establishment and enforcement.
The state board is required to revise its rules on CCCAP to
implement the exceptions from child support cooperation for teen parents
and victims of domestic violence, sexual offense, harassment, or stalking.

Eases proof of child support requirements for teen mothers to receive low-income child-care assistance. 

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Eases proof of child support requirements for teen mothers to receive low-income child-care assistance. 

Students

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/23/2016)Governor Signed (05/19/2016)D. Kagan (D)
B. DelGrosso (R)
O. Hill (R)
L. Crowder (R)
Public Health Care and Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
HB16-1229 Higher Ed Financial Obligation Repayment NoneP. Steadman (D)FinanceFinanceGovernor Signed (04/14/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/06/2016)02/04/2016

The bill transfers all money in the higher education maintenance and reserve fund (reserve fund) to the higher education federal mineral lease revenues fund (revenues fund). 

Bill HistoryB. Rankin (R)

Joint Budget Committee. In 2008, the state entered into
lease-purchase agreements to fund capital construction projects for
state-supported institutions of higher education and allocated a
formula-based amount of federal mineral lease revenues to the ongoing
repayment of certificates of participation (COPs) issued in connection
with the lease-purchase agreements. But in many of the years since 2008,
the amount of federal mineral lease revenues has not been sufficient to
entirely cover the cost of the COP payments as intended, and the general
assembly has had to appropriate money from the general fund to make up
for the shortfall.
In order to address current and anticipated future federal mineral
lease revenues shortfalls, the bill transfers all money in the higher
education maintenance and reserve fund (reserve fund) to the higher
education federal mineral lease revenues fund (revenues fund). Effective
July 1, 2016, the bill eliminates both the revenues fund and the reserve
fund, requires federal mineral lease revenue that is currently required to
be credited to the fund to instead be credited to the state public school
fund, identifies the general fund as the source of repayment for COPs
payments made on and after July 1, 2016, and repeals existing statutory
authorization, subject to specified legislative actions, for the issuance of
additional COPs.

Technical measure on repayment of higher education construction debt.

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Technical measure on repayment of higher education construction debt.

Higher education, Technial

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/06/2016)Governor Signed (04/14/2016)B. Rankin (R)P. Steadman (D)FinanceFinance
HB16-1234 State Assess Selection & Local Flexibility NoneM. Merrifield (D)
V. Marble (R)
EducationFinanceGovernor Signed (06/10/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/03/2016)02/05/2016

The bill directs the department of education to determine how to assess the costs of creating or selecting annual standardized tests in math, ELA, science and social studies, including for local education providers to create or select the assessments.

Bill HistoryJ. Singer (D)
G. Klingenschmitt (R)

The bill directs the department of education (department) to
investigate methods for and costs of creating or selecting state
assessments in the subjects of mathematics, English language arts,
science, and social studies, including the methods and costs to allow local
education providers to create or select assessments in these subjects and
to enable the state to use the locally selected assessments as part of the
state accountability system. The department must report the results of its
investigation to the state board of education and to the education
committees of the general assembly.
The bill requires the department to apply to the federal department
of education for innovative assessment and accountability demonstration
authority.

Directs the Department of Education to investigate ways to create local district tests in math, language arts, science and social studies.

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Directs the Department of Education to investigate ways to create local district tests in math, language arts, science and social studies.

Testing

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/03/2016)Governor Signed (06/10/2016)J. Singer (D)
G. Klingenschmitt (R)
M. Merrifield (D)
V. Marble (R)
EducationFinance
HB16-1241 Suppl Approp Dept Of Higher Ed NoneK. Lambert (R)AppropriationsAppropriationsGovernor Signed (03/22/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of Bill 02/08/2016

Supplemental - Higher Education

Bill HistoryM. Hamner (D)

Supplemental appropriations are made to the department of higher
education.

Mid-year 2015-16 budget adjustments for state colleges and universities.

Finance, Higher Education

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Mid-year 2015-16 budget adjustments for state colleges and universities.

Finance, Higher Education

Full Text of Bill Governor Signed (03/22/2016)M. Hamner (D)K. Lambert (R)AppropriationsAppropriations
HB16-1253 Current Year Adjustments To School Finance NoneP. Steadman (D)AppropriationsAppropriationsGovernor Signed (03/09/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/16/2016)02/08/2016

The bill adjusts the School Finance budget.

Bill HistoryM. Hamner (D)

Joint Budget Committee. The general assembly recognizes that,
relative to the projections made during the 2015 legislative session:
  • The funded pupil count and the at-risk pupil counts were
lower than anticipated; and
  • Local property tax and specific ownership taxes were
greater than expected, thereby reducing the state share of
total program funding.
The reduction in the funded pupil count and at-risk pupil counts
has enabled the general assembly to reduce the dollar amount of the
negative factor. Due to variations in the amounts of state aid distributed
to school districts, the bill adjusts the minimum amount of total program
funding for the 2015-16 budget year.

Mid-year adjustments in 2015-16 K-12 funding, raising average per-pupil funding about $18 to $7,313

Finance

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Mid-year adjustments in 2015-16 K-12 funding, raising average per-pupil funding about $18 to $7,313

Finance

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/16/2016)Governor Signed (03/09/2016)M. Hamner (D)P. Steadman (D)AppropriationsAppropriations
HB16-1259 Changes To Local District College Statutes NoneK. Donovan (D)
J. Cooke (R)
EducationEducationGovernor Signed (04/21/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/06/2016)02/10/2016

The bill allows the expansion of a local district college board of trustees and makes other changes to board actions.

Bill HistoryD. Mitsch Bush (D)
J. Wilson (R)

Under current law, the board of trustees for a local district college
can have either 5 or 7 members. The bill allows the board of trustees to
expand its membership to 9 or 11 members.
Under existing law, a school district or group of districts that seeks
to be annexed to a local college district must be adjacent to the local
college district. The bill allows a school district or group of districts to be
annexed to a local college district if the district or group of districts is
located entirely within the boundaries of the local district college's service
area.
The bill specifies the procedures by which a local college district
board of trustees may take an action without holding a regular or special
meeting.
The bill authorizes the revisor of statutes to change the phrase
local junior college or junior college to local district college
throughout the statutes and the phrases local junior college district and
junior college district to local college district throughout the statutes.

Changes various laws on local district junior colleges, including a new designation as local district colleges.

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Changes various laws on local district junior colleges, including a new designation as local district colleges.

Higher education

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/06/2016)Governor Signed (04/21/2016)D. Mitsch Bush (D)
J. Wilson (R)
K. Donovan (D)
J. Cooke (R)
EducationEducation
HB16-1275 Taxation Of Corp Income Sheltered In Tax Haven NoneM. Jones (D)
K. Donovan (D)
FinanceState, Veterans, and Military AffairsSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/28/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/23/2016)02/17/2016

The bill pertains to an affiliated group of corporations filing a combined tax report.

Bill HistoryM. Foote (D)
B. Pettersen (D)

The bill pertains to an affiliated group of corporations filing a
combined report. In a combined report filing, the tax is based on a
percentage of the entire taxable income of all of the includable
corporations, but the tax is assessed only against the corporation or
corporations doing business in Colorado. Including more affiliated
corporations in the combined report may result in an increase in income
subject to tax.
There are jurisdictions located outside of the United States with no
tax or very low rates of taxation, strict bank secrecy provisions, a lack of
transparency in the operation of its tax system, and a lack of effective
exchange of information with other countries. There are several common
legal strategies for sheltering corporate income in such jurisdictions, often
called tax havens.
Notwithstanding a current requirement in state law that those
corporations with 80% or more of their property and payroll assigned to
locations outside of the United States be excluded from a combined
report, the bill makes a corporation that is incorporated in a foreign
jurisdiction for the purpose of tax avoidance an includable C corporation
for purposes of the combined report.
The bill defines a corporation incorporated in a foreign jurisdiction
for the purpose of tax avoidance to mean any C corporation that is
incorporated in a jurisdiction that has no or nominal effective tax on the
relevant income and that meets one or more of 5 factors listed in the bill,
unless it is proven to the satisfaction of the executive director of the
department of revenue that such corporation is incorporated in that
jurisdiction for a legitimate business purpose.
The bill requires the state controller to credit a specified amount
per fiscal year to the state education fund to be used to help fund public
school education.
The bill requires the secretary of state to submit a ballot question,
to be treated as a proposition, at the statewide election to be held in
November 2016 asking the voters:
  • To increase taxes annually by the taxation of a
corporation's state income that is sheltered in a foreign
jurisdiction for the purpose of tax avoidance;
  • To use the resulting tax revenue to help fund elementary
and secondary public school education; and
  • To allow an estimate of the resulting tax revenue to be
collected and spent notwithstanding any limitations in
section 20 of article X of the state constitution (TABOR).

Tightens offshore corporate tax loopholes and devotes any extra revenue to school finance.

Finance

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Tightens offshore corporate tax loopholes and devotes any extra revenue to school finance.

Finance

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/23/2016)Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/28/2016)M. Foote (D)
B. Pettersen (D)
M. Jones (D)
K. Donovan (D)
FinanceState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
HB16-1282 Align Regular Biennial School Elections & FCPA NoneN. Todd (D)
J. Tate (R)
State, Veterans, & Military AffairsState, Veterans, and Military AffairsGovernor Signed (06/08/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/04/2016)02/19/2016

The bill aligns regular biennial school elections with disclosure requirements governing other election races under the Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA)

Bill HistoryB. Pettersen (D)
K. Becker (D)

The bill aligns regular biennial school elections with disclosure
requirements governing other election races under the Fair Campaign
Practices Act (FCPA) in the following respects:
  • Section 1 of the bill adds a definition to the FCPA of
regular biennial school electioneering communication,
which is the same as an electioneering communication
with modifications adapted to a candidate in a regular
biennial school election.
  • Section 2 extends existing disclosure requirements
applicable to a person making an independent expenditure
in excess of $1,000 to include such expenditures made in
connection with a regular biennial school election.
  • Section 3 makes large regular biennial school
electioneering communications subject to the same
disclosure requirements as electioneering communications.
  • Modifies the definitions of election year and major
election so the terms are applicable to regular biennial
school elections.
  • Requires various committees or political organizations that
participate in elections in odd-numbered years to begin
filing quarterly disclosure reports as of the date they
commence various forms of political activity in connection
with the election.
  • Extends the existing requirement that various committees
or political parties must disclose a contribution in excess of
$1,000 30 days before a general or primary election to
include 30 days before a regular biennial school election.

Imposes standard campaign finance disclosure requirements on school board elections.

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Imposes standard campaign finance disclosure requirements on school board elections.

School boards

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/04/2016)Governor Signed (06/08/2016)B. Pettersen (D)
K. Becker (D)
N. Todd (D)
J. Tate (R)
State, Veterans, & Military AffairsState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
HB16-1288 Industry Infrastructure Grant Program NoneM. Merrifield (D)
J. Tate (R)
Business, Affairs & LaborBusiness, Labor and TechnologyGovernor Signed (05/20/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (09/07/2016)02/24/2016

The bill creates the industry infrastructure grant program (program) within the state work force development council (council). 

Bill HistoryT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
C. Wist (R)

The bill creates the industry infrastructure grant program
(program) within the state work force development council (council). The
council is required to work with an authorized entity to award grants to
entities that develop and maintain industry competency standardization
to support businesses in their implementation of work site training
programs that are organized in conjunction with education entities.
The bill creates the industry infrastructure fund to pay for the
program. The fund consists of general fund money, a donation from the
authorized nonprofit entity, and any other gifts, grants, or donations that
the council receives.

Provides state grants to industry groups for development of defined skills needed by industries and of both classroom and workplace programs to teach those skills.

Workforce

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Provides state grants to industry groups for development of defined skills needed by industries and of both classroom and workplace programs to teach those skills.

Workforce

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (09/07/2016)Governor Signed (05/20/2016)T. Kraft-Tharp (D)
C. Wist (R)
M. Merrifield (D)
J. Tate (R)
Business, Affairs & LaborBusiness, Labor and Technology
HB16-1289 Incentives To Complete Career Development Courses NoneL. Crowder (R)
L. Garcia (D)
EducationEducationGovernor Signed (05/27/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/17/2016)02/24/2016

The bill creates the career development success pilot program to provide financial incentives for school districts and charter schools to encourage pupils enrolled in grades 9 through 12 to enroll in and
successfully complete identified industry-certificate, internship, and pre-apprenticeship programs 

Bill HistoryC. Duran (D)
D. Esgar (D)

The bill creates the career development success pilot program to
provide financial incentives for school districts and charter schools to
encourage pupils enrolled in grades 9 through 12 to enroll in and
successfully complete identified industry-certificate, internship, and
pre-apprenticeship programs related to top jobs or jobs in other
high-demand industries and computer science advanced placement (AP)
courses. The state work force development council, in collaboration with
the departments of education, higher education, and labor and
employment and the office of economic development, must annually
identify the level of regional and state demand for various jobs and those
industry-certificate programs and qualifying internship and
pre-apprenticeship programs that are related to the in-demand jobs.
Starting June 30, 2016, each school district that chooses to
participate, each nonparticipating school district on behalf of its charter
schools that choose to participate, and the state charter school institute
(institute) on behalf of institute charter schools that choose to participate,
must annually report to the department of education (department) the
number of students who successfully earned an industry certificate by
completing an identified industry-certificate program or successfully
completed an internship or pre-apprenticeship program or qualified to
receive college credit for completing a computer science AP course for
that school year.
Beginning in the 2017-18 budget year and in each budget year
thereafter, the general assembly shall appropriate at least $1,000,000 for
the career development success pilot program. In each budget year, the
department shall first distribute to each school district and, through the
institute, to each institute charter school $1,000 for each student reported
as successfully earning an industry certificate by completing an identified
industry-certificate program in the preceding school year. If there is
money remaining in the appropriation after the first distribution, the
department must distribute to each school district and, through the
institute, to each institute charter school $1,000 for each student reported
as successfully completing an identified internship or pre-apprenticeship
program in the preceding school year. And if there is money remaining
after the second distribution, the department must distribute to each
school district and, through the institute, to each institute charter school
$1,000 for each student reported as successfully completing a computer
science AP course in the preceding school year. Each district and the
institute shall transfer to its charter schools 100% of the amount received
on behalf of the students enrolled in each charter school.
With each distribution, if the amount of the appropriation is
insufficient to fully fund the students included in the distribution, the
department must proportionately reduce the amount distributed for each
student.
Beginning in 2017, the department must provide to the joint
education committee of the general assembly a report on the
implementation and impact of the career development success pilot
program. The career development success pilot program is repealed in
2019.
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Provides financial bonuses to school districts for students who earn industry credentials for high-demand jobs.

Workforce

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Provides financial bonuses to school districts for students who earn industry credentials for high-demand jobs.

Workforce

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/17/2016)Governor Signed (05/27/2016)C. Duran (D)
D. Esgar (D)
L. Crowder (R)
L. Garcia (D)
EducationEducation
HB16-1291 Modern Technology Education In Public Schools NoneM. Johnston (D)
O. Hill (R)
EducationEducationSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (05/03/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/07/2016)02/24/2016

The bill directs the state board, in the course of revising the academic standards, to incorporate into the standards for each subject skills relating to the use of information and communications technologies
to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information.

Bill HistoryC. Duran (D)
S. Lontine (D)

Under current law, the state board of education (state board) must,
by July 1, 2018, review and revise, as necessary, the state academic
standards. The bill directs the state board, in the course of revising the
academic standards, to incorporate into the standards for each subject
skills relating to the use of information and communications technologies
to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information.
The bill directs the department of education (department) to create
a resource bank of materials pertaining to computer science programs,
including model standards, samples of curricula, and materials for
professional educator development. The department must work with
experts in creating and compiling the information. The resource bank is
to be available by July 1, 2017. Each school district, charter school, and
board of cooperative services may choose whether to provide computer
science courses and whether to use the materials in the resource bank.
In addition, the bill creates a grant program in the department that
awards grants to school districts or public school teachers in Colorado
who wish to pursue additional education that will enable the teachers to
teach computer science courses. The bill defines computer science
education.
An individual teacher, the teacher's employer on behalf of the
teacher, or a school district may apply for a grant. The grant may be used
for tuition, fees, training program costs, and books for postsecondary
computer science course work that leads to mastery in a computer science
content area, computer science training programs, computer science
degrees, or industry-recognized certificates in computer science.
The department will administer the grant program pursuant to rules
adopted by the state board relating to the application process, the amount
and duration of the grants, and the uses of grant moneys.
The department will accept and review grant applications and
make recommendations to the state board concerning the award of grants.
In awarding grants, the state board may give priority to teachers who meet
certain qualifications specified in the bill.
If moneys are appropriated for the grant program, the state board
shall award grants pursuant to the program rules.
The department shall report annually to the education committees
of the general assembly concerning the implementation of the grant
program.

Requires addition of technical skills to state academic content standards. Also creates grant program for teachers to be trained to teacher computer science.

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Requires addition of technical skills to state academic content standards. Also creates grant program for teachers to be trained to teacher computer science.

Workforce, Standards

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/07/2016)Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (05/03/2016)C. Duran (D)
S. Lontine (D)
M. Johnston (D)
O. Hill (R)
EducationEducation
HB16-1302 Align With Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act NoneL. Newell (D)Business, Affairs & LaborBusiness, Labor and TechnologyGovernor Signed (05/19/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/03/2016)02/26/2016

The bill changes the title of the Colorado Work Force Investment Act to the Colorado Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and aligns the current state statute with the federal Workforce Innovation and
Opportunity Act (federal act).

Bill HistoryB. DelGrosso (R)
C. Duran (D)

The bill changes the title of the Colorado Work Force Investment
Act to the Colorado Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and
aligns the current state statute with the federal Workforce Innovation and
Opportunity Act (federal act).
Passage of the federal act in July 2014, created inconsistencies
between Colorado statutes and federal law in regards to workforce
development activities. This bill updates the language of the Colorado
Work Force Investment Act to comport with the federal act. It also
clarifies the roles that specific entities within Colorado play in work force
development programs. It removes requirements that existed in state law
that no longer apply due to the changes in federal law.

Aligns state workforce development law with federal statutes. 

Workforce

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Aligns state workforce development law with federal statutes. 

Workforce

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/03/2016)Governor Signed (05/19/2016)B. DelGrosso (R)
C. Duran (D)
L. Newell (D)Business, Affairs & LaborBusiness, Labor and Technology
HB16-1305 Educator Training To Assist Students In Crisis NoneL. Newell (D)EducationEducationSenate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/04/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/07/2016)03/02/2016

The bill requires each school district board of education to provide training for teachers to explain the school district procedures for assisting students who are experiencing emotional distress or are otherwise in crisis
and may need referral for behavioral health services.

Bill HistoryR. Fields (D)

The bill requires each school district board of education to provide
training for teachers to explain the school district procedures for assisting
students who are experiencing emotional distress or are otherwise in crisis
and may need referral for behavioral health services.

Requires districts to provide teacher training in procedures for assisting students experiencing emotional distress.    

Safety

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Requires districts to provide teacher training in procedures for assisting students experiencing emotional distress.    

Safety

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/07/2016)Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/04/2016)R. Fields (D)L. Newell (D)EducationEducation
HB16-1307 Threats To Persons At Postsecondary Institutions NoneJ. Cooke (R)JudiciaryHouse Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (04/07/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/18/2016)03/02/2016

The bill makes it a class 6 felony if the threat involves death or serious bodily injury and the person is at a
postsecondary educational institution.

Bill HistoryJ. Melton (D)

Under current law, it is a class 1 misdemeanor for a person to
knowingly make a threat of death or bodily injury to a person at an
educational institution. The bill makes it a class 6 felony if the threat
involves death or serious bodily injury and the person is at a
postsecondary educational institution.

Creates tougher criminal penalties for people who make threats at colleges and universities.

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Creates tougher criminal penalties for people who make threats at colleges and universities.

Higher education, Safety

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/18/2016)House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (04/07/2016)J. Melton (D)J. Cooke (R)Judiciary
HB16-1338 Extend Repeal Of Early Childhood Leadership Commn NoneEducationHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (03/21/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/23/2016)03/03/2016

The bill extends the repeal date of the early childhood leadership commission.

Bill HistoryB. Pettersen (D)

Under current law, the early childhood leadership commission is
scheduled to repeal on September 1, 2018. The bill extends the repeal
date to September 1, 2020.

Extends the life of the advisory Early Childhood Leadership Commission from 2018 to 2020.

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Extends the life of the advisory Early Childhood Leadership Commission from 2018 to 2020.

Early education

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/23/2016)House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (03/21/2016)B. Pettersen (D)Education
HB16-1343 Waivers For Charter Schools NoneEducationHouse Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over to 05/12/2016 - No Amendments (05/10/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/03/2016)03/03/2016

The provisions of the bill apply to charter school contracts that are entered into or renewed on or after the effective date of the bill.

Bill HistoryD. Moreno (D)

Under current law, the state board of education (state board) may,
by rule, automatically waive certain statutes and state board rules for all
charter schools. A charter school may request additional waivers of
statutes and state board rules by submitting a specific request, the
rationale for the request, and a statement explaining the manner in which
the charter school plans to meet the intent of the waived statute or rule.
The bill repeals the authority of the state board to automatically
waive state statutes or state board rules by adopting a rule.
The provisions of the bill apply to charter school contracts that are
entered into or renewed on or after the effective date of the bill. For a
charter contract that is renewed on or after the effective date of the bill,
a charter school must submit a request for a waiver, including the
statement of rationale and plan for compliance, for any statute or state
board rule that was previously automatically waived and for which the
charter school seeks a continued waiver.

Requires charter schools in the future to submit applications for waivers from state education laws. Many such waivers now are automatic.

Charters

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Requires charter schools in the future to submit applications for waivers from state education laws. Many such waivers now are automatic.

Charters

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/03/2016)House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over to 05/12/2016 - No Amendments (05/10/2016)D. Moreno (D)Education
HB16-1350 Higher Educ Transfers Fee-for-service Contracts NoneK. Grantham (R)AppropriationsAppropriationsGovernor Signed (04/22/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/26/2016)03/09/2016

The bill expands the Higher Education department's authority to fee-for-service contracts for specialty education programs.

Bill HistoryD. Young (D)

Joint Budget Committee. Under current law, the department of
higher education (department) may transfer up to 10% of the annual total
governing board appropriation for an institution of higher education
between the governing board's appropriation for college opportunity fund
stipends on behalf of students and the governing board's fee-for-service
contracts for higher education services and programs. The bill expands
the department's authority to fee-for-service contracts for specialty
education programs.

Technical measure regarding Department of Higher Education authority to make transfers between higher education funds.

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Technical measure regarding Department of Higher Education authority to make transfers between higher education funds.

Higher education, Technical

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/26/2016)Governor Signed (04/22/2016)D. Young (D)K. Grantham (R)AppropriationsAppropriations
HB16-1354 Debt-free Schools Act NoneJ. Sonnenberg (R)EducationState, Veterans, and Military AffairsGovernor Signed (05/17/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/26/2016)03/11/2016

The bill authorizes a school district, with voter approval, to impose an additional mill levy for the sole purpose of funding its capital construction and facility maintenance needs without borrowing money.

Bill HistoryJ. Becker (R)
D. Mitsch Bush (D)

The bill authorizes a school district, with voter approval, to impose
an additional mill levy for the sole purpose of funding its capital
construction and facility maintenance needs without borrowing money.
Revenue raised from such a mill levy must be credited to a supplemental
capital construction and maintenance fund of the district and used for the
sole purpose of paying for capital construction and facility maintenance
needs of the district.

Allows school districts, with voter approval, to assess a tax override that would be used to pay for building needs. The revenue could not be used to repay debt such as bonds.

Finance

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Allows school districts, with voter approval, to assess a tax override that would be used to pay for building needs. The revenue could not be used to repay debt such as bonds.

Finance

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/26/2016)Governor Signed (05/17/2016)J. Becker (R)
D. Mitsch Bush (D)
J. Sonnenberg (R)EducationState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
HB16-1365 High School Diploma Endorsement In Biliteracy NoneL. Woods (R)EducationEducationSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/06/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/21/2016)03/16/2016

The bill authorizes a school district, BOCES, or institute charter high school to grant a diploma endorsement in biliteracy to a student who demonstrates proficiency in English and at least one foreign language.

Bill HistoryD. Moreno (D)
J. Wilson (R)

The bill authorizes a school district, BOCES, or institute charter
high school to grant a diploma endorsement in biliteracy to a student who
demonstrates proficiency in English and at least one foreign language.
The bill establishes the requirements a graduating high school student
must meet to obtain the biliteracy endorsement.

Authorizes school districts to grant diploma endorsements in biliteracy to students who demonstrates proficiency in English and at least one foreign language. 

Students

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Authorizes school districts to grant diploma endorsements in biliteracy to students who demonstrates proficiency in English and at least one foreign language. 

Students

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/21/2016)Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/06/2016)D. Moreno (D)
J. Wilson (R)
L. Woods (R)EducationEducation
HB16-1373 Student Medical Marijuana Use At School NoneC. Holbert (R)
V. Marble (R)
Agriculture, Livestock and Natural ResourcesEducationGovernor Signed (06/06/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/17/2016)03/16/2016

The bill allows a student to use medical marijuana on school grounds, on a school bus, or at a school
activity and requires each school district to adopt a policy allowing the medical marijuana use. 

Bill HistoryJ. Singer (D)

Under current law, a student with a medical marijuana
recommendation is not permitted to use medical marijuana on school
grounds, on a school bus, or at a school activity unless the district has
adopted a policy permitting the use. The bill allows a student to use
medical marijuana on school grounds, on a school bus, or at a school
activity and requires each school district to adopt a policy allowing the
medical marijuana use. If the department of education or a public school
loses any federal funding as a result of adopting the policy, the general
assembly shall appropriate state money sufficient to offset the loss of
federal money.

Allows a student to use medical marijuana on school grounds, on a school bus, or at a school activity and requires each school district to adopt a policy allowing the medical marijuana use.

Health

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Allows a student to use medical marijuana on school grounds, on a school bus, or at a school activity and requires each school district to adopt a policy allowing the medical marijuana use.

Health

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/17/2016)Governor Signed (06/06/2016)J. Singer (D)C. Holbert (R)
V. Marble (R)
Agriculture, Livestock and Natural ResourcesEducation
HB16-1375 Due Dates For Reports Involving Dept Of Higher Ed NoneN. Todd (D)
O. Hill (R)
EducationEducationGovernor Signed (06/06/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/21/2016)03/16/2016

The bill changes the concurrent enrollment reporting due date to April 1 starting in 2017.

Bill HistoryJ. Wilson (R)
J. Arndt (D)

Under existing law, the department of higher education and the
department of education must jointly prepare and submit to the education
committees of the general assembly a report concerning concurrent
enrollment in the state. The report is due by February 1 each year. The bill
changes the due date to April 1 starting in 2017.
Under existing law, each state institution of higher education must
annually submit to the department of higher education a report concerning
the institution's information security program. The bill requires the
department of higher education to divide the institutions into 3 groups.
The first group must submit the report every 3 years starting July 1, 2017;
the second group must submit the report every 3 years starting July 1,
2018; and the third group must submit the report every 3 years starting
July 1, 2019.

Changes the filing dates for various reports by the departments of education and higher education.

Technical

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Changes the filing dates for various reports by the departments of education and higher education.

Technical

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/21/2016)Governor Signed (06/06/2016)J. Wilson (R)
J. Arndt (D)
N. Todd (D)
O. Hill (R)
EducationEducation
HB16-1405 2016-17 Long Appropriation Bill NoneP. Steadman (D)AppropriationsAppropriationsGovernor Signed (05/03/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of Bill 03/28/2016 Bill HistoryM. Hamner (D)

Proposed 2016-17 state budget.

Finance

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Proposed 2016-17 state budget.

Finance

Full Text of Bill Governor Signed (05/03/2016)M. Hamner (D)P. Steadman (D)AppropriationsAppropriations
HB16-1420 CO Healthcare Affordability & Sustainability Enter NoneL. Crowder (R)AppropriationsFinanceSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (05/10/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/24/2016)03/28/2016 Bill HistoryD. Hullinghorst (D)

The bill creates the Colorado healthcare affordability and
sustainability enterprise (enterprise) as a type 2 agency and
government-owned business within the department of health care policy
and financing (HCPF) for the purpose of participating in the
implementation and administration of a state Colorado healthcare
affordability and sustainability program (program) on and after July 1,
2016, and creates a board consisting of 13 members appointed by the
governor with the advice and consent of the senate to govern the
enterprise. The business purpose of the enterprise is, in exchange for the
payment of a new healthcare affordability and sustainability fee (fee) by
hospitals to the enterprise, to administer the program and thereby support
hospitals that provide uncompensated medical services to uninsured
patients and participate in publicly funded health insurance programs by:
  • Participating in a federal program that provides additional
matching money to states;
  • Using fee revenue, which must be credited to a newly
created healthcare affordability and sustainability fee fund
and used solely for purposes of the program, and federal
matching money to:
  • Reduce the amount of uncompensated care that
hospitals provide by increasing the number of
individuals covered by publicly funded health
insurance; and
  • Increase publicly funded insurance reimbursement
rates to hospitals; and
  • Providing or contracting for or arranging advisory and
consulting services to hospitals and coordinating services
to hospitals to help them more effectively and efficiently
participate in publicly funded insurance programs.
The bill does not take effect if the federal centers for medicare and
medicaid services determine that it does not comply with federal law.
The enterprise is designated as an enterprise for purposes of the
taxpayer's bill of rights (TABOR) so long as it meets TABOR
requirements. The primary powers and duties of the enterprise are to:
  • Charge and collect the fee from hospitals;
  • Leverage fee revenue collected to obtain federal matching
money;
  • Utilize and deploy both fee revenue and federal matching
money in furtherance of the business purpose of the
enterprise;
  • Issue revenue bonds payable from its revenues;
  • Enter into agreements with HCPF as necessary to collect
and expend fee revenue;
  • Engage the services of private persons or entities serving as
contractors, consultants, and legal counsel for professional
and technical assistance and advice and to supply other
services related to the conduct of the affairs of the
enterprise, including the provision of additional business
services to hospitals; and
  • Adopt and amend or repeal policies for the regulation of its
affairs and the conduct of its business.
The existing hospital provider fee program is repealed and the
existing hospital provider fee oversight and advisory board is abolished,
effective July 1, 2016.
The bill specifies that so long as the enterprise qualifies as a
TABOR-exempt enterprise, fee revenue does not count against either the
TABOR state fiscal year spending limit or the referendum C cap, the
higher statutory state fiscal year spending limit established after the voters
of the state approved referendum C in 2005. The bill clarifies that the
creation of the new enterprise to charge and collect the fee is the creation
of a new government-owned business that provides business services to
hospitals as an enterprise for purposes of TABOR and related statutes and
does not constitute the qualification of an existing government-owned
business as a new enterprise that would require or authorize downward
adjustment of the TABOR state fiscal year spending limit or the
referendum C cap.
In order to compensate for a proposed reduction in the amount of
the fiscal year 2016-17 long bill appropriation of revenue from fees
collected by HCPF from hospitals and federal matching money, the bill
appropriates $146,693,573 in healthcare affordability and sustainability
fees and federal funds to the enterprise for fiscal year 2016-17.

Reclassified the state hospital provider fee as an enterprise so that its income does not count against the state's annual spending ceiling.

Finance

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Reclassified the state hospital provider fee as an enterprise so that its income does not count against the state's annual spending ceiling.

Finance

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/24/2016)Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (05/10/2016)D. Hullinghorst (D)L. Crowder (R)AppropriationsFinance
HB16-1421 Allocate Additional FY 2016-17 Gen Fund Revenues NoneAppropriationsHouse Second Reading Laid Over to 05/12/2016 - No Amendments (05/11/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/01/2016)03/28/2016 Bill HistoryD. Hullinghorst (D)

Contingent upon the passage of legislation (the CHASE Act) that
eliminates the hospital provider fee at the end of fiscal year 2015-16, the
bill:
  • Requires legislative council staff, as part of its 2016
economic and revenue forecast, to estimate the total
amount of general fund revenues that the state would have
been required to make unavailable for expenditure in fiscal
year 2016-17 and refund in fiscal year 2017-18 but for the
enactment of the CHASE Act; and
  • Requires the amount estimated by legislative council staff
to be allocated as follows:
  • On September 30, 2016, the state treasurer must
transfer the lesser of the full amount or $50 million
to the highway users tax fund (HUTF);
  • On September 30, 2016, the state treasurer must
transfer the lesser of the full amount remaining after
the HUTF transfer has been made or a total amount
of $16.2 million in equal parts to the state severance
tax trust fund and the local government severance
tax fund as repayment of money diverted from those
funds to the general fund in fiscal year 2014-15;
  • The lesser of the full amount remaining after the
HUTF and severance tax fund transfers have been
made or a total amount of $40 million must be used
to reduce the 2016-17 public school finance
negative factor; and
  • The lesser of the full amount remaining after the
HUTF and severance tax fund transfers and the
negative factor allocation have been made or $49.5
million is allocated to governing boards of
state-supported institutions of higher education to
reduce fiscal year 2017-18 tuition increases and
provide additional student financial assistance.
1

Allocates additional revenue available for state spending if the Hospital Provider Fee is reclassified. (See HB 16-1420.) K-12 would receive addition funding.

Finance

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Allocates additional revenue available for state spending if the Hospital Provider Fee is reclassified. (See HB 16-1420.) K-12 would receive addition funding.

Finance

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/01/2016)House Second Reading Laid Over to 05/12/2016 - No Amendments (05/11/2016)D. Hullinghorst (D)Appropriations
HB16-1422 Financing Public Schools NoneK. Lambert (R)
P. Steadman (D)
EducationEducationGovernor Signed (06/10/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/17/2016)03/28/2016

The bill sets the statewide base per pupil funding amount for the 2016-17 budget year at $6,367.90, which is an inflationary increase of 1.2%, and establishes the minimum amount of total program funding for
the 2016-17 budget year. 

Bill HistoryM. Hamner (D)
B. Rankin (R)

The bill sets the statewide base per pupil funding amount for the
2016-17 budget year at $6,367.90, which is an inflationary increase of
1.2%, and establishes the minimum amount of total program funding for
the 2016-17 budget year. For the 2017-18 budget year, the difference
between the amount of statewide total program funding calculated
without the negative factor and the amount of statewide total program
funding calculated with the negative factor cannot exceed the dollar
amount of that difference for the 2016-17 budget year.
Under current law, if a school district's calculated funded pupil
count for a budget year, or as averaged over a period of years, is fewer
than 50 pupils, the district's minimum funded pupil count is set at 50
pupils. The bill changes the minimum funded pupil count for a budget
year to 25 pupils, if the district's calculated funded pupil count is 19 or
fewer pupils, and 40 pupils, if the district's calculated funded pupil count
is at least 20 but fewer than 35 pupils. The minimum funded pupil count
remains at 50 pupils if the district's calculated funded pupil count is at
least 35 but fewer than 50 pupils.
The bill adjusts the size factor for a school district by increasing
the number of pupils to 5,000 or more for application of the flat factor,
and adjusts the factor for districts with at least 2,293 but fewer than 5,000
pupils to increase the funding for districts with at least 2,293 pupils.
Under certain circumstances, current law requires a school district
to use property tax revenue to replace, on a pro rata basis, any categorical
program support funds that the school district receives from the state. The
bill requires the school district to replace the categorical program support
funds by the end of the budget year in which the funds were paid to the
school district. If unpaid, the commissioner of education (commissioner)
is required to withhold the amount due, with interest, from any state
money due to the district for any reason, commencing in the budget year
immediately following the budget year in which the school district fails
to replace the categorical program support funds. The commissioner may
waive accrued interest upon payment of the amount due from the school
district.
The bill permits the state board of education to provide
supplemental assistance from the contingency reserve fund to a school
district that experiences an unusual financial burden due to a significant
decline in the assessed value of real property of the district that results in
the school district receiving a state share of total program funding that is
reduced by the negative factor when the school district in the previous
budget year did not receive state share. The district must reimburse the
contingency reserve fund by June 30 of the budget year following the
budget year in which the district receives the supplemental assistance
payment.
In a budget year in which a school district's total program mill levy
would be reduced because the local property tax revenues received from
the total program mill levy exceed the district's total program and
categorical buyout requirements, the bill authorizes the school district to
continue levying the same number of mills. The school district must
deposit the revenues generated by the excess mills in the school district's
total program reserve fund and may use the revenues only to replace state
share lost as a result of the negative factor.
Under current law, the public school capital construction
assistance board (board) may provide financial assistance in the form of
matching grants to school districts or public schools (applicants) for
capital construction on school facilities that are owned by the applicant
or that the applicant has the right to own through a lease-purchase
agreement. The bill permits the board to award financial assistance in the
form of matching grants to an applicant for a public school that is
operated or will operate in a state-owned, leased facility that is listed on
the state inventory of real property and improvements and other capital
assets maintained by the office of the state architect or state-owned
property leased by the state board of land commissioners to the applicant.
The board shall adopt rules relating to the award of financial assistance
in these circumstances.
The bill makes a conforming amendment to the definition of
facility school funding for purposes of state assistance for career and
technical education to reflect that facility schools receive funding based
on pupil enrollment multiplied by an amount equal to 1.73 of the
statewide base per pupil funding for the applicable budget year, rather
than the state average per pupil revenues.

Proposes 2016-17 school funding of $6.4 billion.

Finance

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Proposes 2016-17 school funding of $6.4 billion.

Finance

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/17/2016)Governor Signed (06/10/2016)M. Hamner (D)
B. Rankin (R)
K. Lambert (R)
P. Steadman (D)
EducationEducation
HB16-1423 Student Data Collection Use Security NoneO. Hill (R)EducationEducationGovernor Signed (06/10/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/17/2016)03/30/2016

The bill adds to the existing laws pertaining to student data security by adopting additional duties that the state board of education (state board), department of education (department), and school districts,
boards of cooperative services, and charter schools (LEPs) must comply with to increase the transparency and security of the student personally identifiable information (student PII) that the department and the LEPs collect and maintain. 

Bill HistoryA. Garnett (D)
P. Lundeen (R)

The bill adds to the existing laws pertaining to student data
security by adopting additional duties that the state board of education
(state board), department of education (department), and school districts,
boards of cooperative services, and charter schools (LEPs) must comply
with to increase the transparency and security of the student personally
identifiable information (student PII) that the department and the LEPs
collect and maintain. The bill imposes duties on the commercial entities
that provide school services by formal contract with the department or an
LEP (contract providers) and the commercial entities that an LEP or
employees of an LEP choose to use without entering in a formal,
negotiated contract (on-demand providers).
Applicability of bill. For provider contracts and research
agreements that the department enters into or renews on or after the
effective date of the bill, the department must ensure that the contract or
agreement includes the restrictions and requirements pertaining to student
PII and must terminate the contract or agreement if the contract provider
or researcher commits a material breach of the contract involving the
misuse or unauthorized release of student PII. For provider contracts that
an LEP enters into or renews on or after the effective date of the bill, the
LEP must ensure that the contract includes the restrictions and
requirements pertaining to student PII and, if the contract provider
commits a material breach of the contract involving the misuse or
unauthorized release of student PII, must either terminate the contract or
hold a public meeting to discuss the nature of the material breach and
decide whether to terminate the contract.
State board duties. Under existing law, the state board has several
duties with regard to the student PII that the department collects from
LEPs. These duties include explaining the types of student PII the
department collects and creating policies to protect the collected student
PII. The bill does not substantively change the duties of the state board,
except to require the state board to ensure that an organization that
conducts research for the department is subject to the same requirements
and restrictions imposed on contract providers.
Department duties. Under existing law, the department has
several duties with regard to the student PII that the department collects
from LEPs. The bill adds to these duties by requiring the department,
before it releases student PII to a person or entity that is conducting
research, to enter into an agreement with the researcher that includes the
same requirements and restrictions that are included in a contract with a
contract provider. The department also must maintain on its website a
detailed list of the vendors, researchers, researcher organizations, and
government agencies with which it has agreements for the release of
student PII.
The bill requires the department to create a sample student
information privacy and protection policy and sample school service
provider contract language that LEPs may choose to use. The department
must make training materials and, upon request, training services,
available to LEPs for training employees with regard to student
information security and privacy.
LEP duties. The bill requires each LEP to post on its website a list
of the student PII that the LEP collects and maintains in addition to the
student PII that the LEP submits to the department. Each local education
provider must post on its website a list, to the extent practicable, of the
on-demand providers that the LEP or an employee of the LEP uses. The
LEP must update the list twice each school year. If the LEP has evidence
demonstrating that an on-demand provider does not comply with its own
privacy policy or does not meet the requirements and restrictions imposed
on contract providers, the LEP is encouraged to stop using the on-demand
provider. The LEP must notify the on-demand provider, and the
on-demand provider may submit a written statement. The LEP must
publish on its website a list of the on-demand providers that it stops using,
with any written statements it receives, and notify the department when
it stops using an on-demand provider for privacy reasons. The department
must post on its website a list of the on-demand providers that LEPs stop
using for privacy reasons and any written statements from on-demand
providers.
Each LEP must adopt a student information privacy and protection
policy, make copies available to parents upon request, and post the policy
on its website.
Contract provider duties. Each contract provider must provide
clear information concerning the student PII it collects and how it uses
and shares the student PII. The contract provider must provide the
information to the department and each LEP (public education entity)
with which it contracts and post the information on its website. Each
contract provider must help an LEP access and correct any factually
inaccurate student PII that the contract provider holds. A contract
provider may collect and use student PII only for the purposes authorized
by the contract and must obtain parental consent to use a student's data in
a manner that is inconsistent with the contract.
A contract provider cannot sell student PII; use or share student PII
for use in targeted advertising; or use student PII to create a profile,
except for purposes authorized by the contracting public education entity
or with parental consent. A contract provider may use student PII for
specified purposes. A contract provider may share student PII with a
subcontractor, and a subcontractor may share with a subsequent
subcontractor, only if the subcontractor or subsequent subcontractor is,
by contract, subject to the restrictions and limitations imposed on the
contract provider. If a subcontractor commits a material breach that
involves the misuse or unauthorized release of student PII, the public
education entity must terminate the contract with the contract provider
unless the contract provider terminates the contract with the
subcontractor.
Each contract provider must maintain a comprehensive
information security program and must destroy student PII at the request
of a contracting public education entity, unless the student's parent
consents to retaining the student PII or the student has transferred to
another public education entity that requests retention of the student PII.
Each contract provider must destroy all student PII in accordance with the
terms of the contract.
The bill describes some ways in which a contract provider may use
student PII that are exceptions to the restrictions in the bill.
Parents' rights. The bill recognizes a parent's right to inspect and
review his or her child's student PII; to request a paper or electronic copy
of his or her child's student PII; and to request corrections to factually
inaccurate student PII that an LEP maintains.
The governing board of each LEP must adopt a policy for hearing
complaints from parents concerning the LEP's compliance with the bill.

Creates expanded protections for privacy of student data that apply to software vendors, districts and the state.

Student data

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Creates expanded protections for privacy of student data that apply to software vendors, districts and the state.

Student data

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/17/2016)Governor Signed (06/10/2016)A. Garnett (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
O. Hill (R)EducationEducation
HB16-1429 Alt Ed Campus Criteria & Pilot Program NoneA. Kerr (D)EducationState, Veterans, and Military AffairsGovernor Signed (06/08/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/17/2016)04/01/2016

The bill reduces the percentage of students in alternative education campuses with individual plans to 90% to be governed by accountability different from other public schools.

Bill HistoryB. Pettersen (D)
J. Wilson (R)

Under existing law, a school that meets specified criteria may be
designated as an alternative education campus, which makes the school
subject to accountability standards that are different from those that apply
to other public schools. One of the criteria is that at least 95% of the
school's student population has an individual education plan or meets the
criteria for identification as an at-risk student under the alternative
education campus statute or that at least 95% of the school's student
population meets a combination of these requirements. The bill reduces
the percentage to 90%. The bill also expands some of the criteria for
being identified as an at-risk student for purposes of the alternative
education campus statute.
The bill creates the school quality review pilot program to create
a base for qualitative measurement of the performance of alternative
education campuses. An alternative education campus that participates in
the pilot program will receive annual on-site reviews of its operations.
The pilot program starts in the 2016-17 school year and continues through
the 2018-19 school year. The department of education must review the
findings of the pilot program and recommend whether to expand the
school quality reviews to additional alternative education campuses.

Changes the definition of an alternative education campus and of eligible students; sets pilot study of quality measures.

Accountability

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Changes the definition of an alternative education campus and of eligible students; sets pilot study of quality measures.

Accountability

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/17/2016)Governor Signed (06/08/2016)B. Pettersen (D)
J. Wilson (R)
A. Kerr (D)EducationState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
HB16-1437 School Bus Stop Arm Safety Enforcement NoneN. Todd (D)Transportation & EnergyState, Veterans, and Military AffairsSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/04/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/31/2016)04/07/2016

The bill provides a mechanism for law enforcement agencies to issue penalty assessment notices to vehicle owners for school bus stop arm violations.

Bill HistoryD. Mitsch Bush (D)
J. Wilson (R)

The bill provides a mechanism for law enforcement agencies to
issue penalty assessment notices to vehicle owners for school bus stop
arm violations.

Adds to state law regarding passing a stopped school bus.

Safety

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Adds to state law regarding passing a stopped school bus.

Safety

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/31/2016)Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/04/2016)D. Mitsch Bush (D)
J. Wilson (R)
N. Todd (D)Transportation & EnergyState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
HB16-1440 Admin Flexibility For School Districts And Schools NoneM. Johnston (D)
C. Holbert (R)
EducationFinanceGovernor Signed (06/10/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/09/2016)04/12/2016

The bill prohibits the state board of education (state board) and the department of education from publishing the educator effectiveness ratings for a grade level, subject area, school, or school district if the number of educators in the reported group is small enough to enable a person to identify an individual educator's effectiveness rating.

Bill HistoryJ. Wilson (R)
B. Pettersen (D)

The bill prohibits the state board of education (state board) and the
department of education from publishing the educator effectiveness
ratings for a grade level, subject area, school, or school district if the
number of educators in the reported group is small enough to enable a
person to identify an individual educator's effectiveness rating.
Under current law, a small rural school district or a public school
of a small rural school district may submit a performance plan every 2
years instead of annually if the school district is accredited or accredited
with distinction or if the public school is operating under a performance
plan. The bill extends this provision to all school districts and public
schools.
Under current law, the department makes the core course level
participation and performance reports available on its website starting in
the 2016-17 academic year. The bill delays public reporting of this
information for 2 years.
The bill requires the state board to ensure that policies, guidelines,
and rules do not impose an undue burden on local education providers
and, when appropriate to avoid an undue burden, to adopt guidelines,
policies, and rules that apply specifically to rural local education
providers.

Requires districts and schools in the state's highest rating categories to file performance plans every two years, not annually.

Accountability, Districts

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Requires districts and schools in the state's highest rating categories to file performance plans every two years, not annually.

Accountability, Districts

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/09/2016)Governor Signed (06/10/2016)J. Wilson (R)
B. Pettersen (D)
M. Johnston (D)
C. Holbert (R)
EducationFinance
HB16-1446 K-3 English Learner Reading Assessment Language NoneV. Marble (R)EducationState, Veterans, and Military AffairsSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/04/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/09/2016)04/19/2016

The bill specifies that, if a student enrolled in kindergarten or one of grades one through 3 is an English language learner and his or her native language is Spanish, the school district or charter school in which
the student is enrolled will decide whether the student takes the reading assessments in English or Spanish.

Bill HistoryM. Hamner (D)

The bill specifies that, if a student enrolled in kindergarten or one
of grades one through 3 is an English language learner and his or her
native language is Spanish, the school district or charter school in which
the student is enrolled will decide whether the student takes the reading
assessments in English or Spanish. If the student takes the assessments in
Spanish, the school district or charter school may also administer the
assessments in English if requested by the student's parent.

Gives districts discretion in deciding whether to give K-3 ELL students school readiness reading assessments in English or Spanish.

Early education

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Gives districts discretion in deciding whether to give K-3 ELL students school readiness reading assessments in English or Spanish.

Early education

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/09/2016)Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/04/2016)M. Hamner (D)V. Marble (R)EducationState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
HB16-1449 Safe Contracting For School District Services NoneEducationHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/02/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/06/2016)04/20/2016

The bill makes changes to state law regarding contracts for professional services, other than contracts for instructional services, entered into by school districts, including, for contracts for professional
services of $100,000 or more.

Bill HistoryJ. Danielson (D)

The bill makes changes to state law regarding contracts for
professional services, other than contracts for instructional services,
entered into by school districts, including, for contracts for professional
services of $100,000 or more, requiring:
  • A cost-benefit analysis of contracting for the services rather
than using district personnel to perform the services, to be
completed prior to making a recommendation to contract
for services;
  • Competitive bidding for the contract;
  • A review of all bids in a regularly scheduled school board
meeting, unless a special meeting is authorized;
  • The opportunity for affected employees to counter the
competitive bid; and
  • At least one public hearing conducted by the school district
prior to soliciting bids to provide professional services and
before entering into a contract for professional services.
The bill lists the types of professional services contracts to which
the requirements apply and exempts small rural school districts from the
requirements.
The bill also requires a contractor for a contract in any dollar
amount to provide proof of liability insurance equivalent in amount and
scope with that provided by the school district for the contracting activity.
Further, a school district shall not enter into a contract for professional
services with a contractor who has committed unfair labor practices
within the 5 years preceding the date that bids are solicited. In addition,
the school district shall not enter into a contract that takes effect prior to
the expiration of an existing collective bargaining agreement concerning
the employees impacted by the new contract. The contractor must offer
available employee positions to the existing employees.

Sets new requirements and restrictions on school districts issuing professional services contracts in excess of $100,000.

School boards

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Sets new requirements and restrictions on school districts issuing professional services contracts in excess of $100,000.

School boards

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HB16-1450 Allocate Additional Available State Revenues NoneP. Steadman (D)
L. Guzman (D)
AppropriationsFinanceSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (05/10/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/24/2016)04/21/2016

The bill addresses the Hospital Provider Fee.

Bill HistoryD. Hullinghorst (D)

Contingent upon the passage of legislation (the CHASE Act) that
eliminates the hospital provider fee at the end of fiscal year 2015-16, the
bill:
  • Requires annual estimation for each of the fiscal years
2016-17 through 2020-21 of the total amount of general
fund revenues that the state would have been required to
make unavailable for expenditure in the fiscal year and
refund in the next fiscal year but for the enactment of the
CHASE Act;
  • Requires the amount that is estimated for each fiscal year
and relied upon by the general assembly in developing and
enacting the state budget for the next fiscal year to be
allocated in specified amounts and percentages to:
  • Repayment of the state severance tax trust fund and
the local government severance tax fund for money
diverted from those funds since July 1, 2006;
  • The state education fund;
  • The college opportunity fund program and
institutions of higher education to offset student
tuition costs, improve student services and academic
quality, address controlled maintenance needs, and
provide additional need-based student financial
assistance;
  • The general fund;
  • The capital construction fund;
  • The highway users tax fund for allocation to the
state highway fund for expenditure by the
department of transportation (CDOT) for specified
transportation projects.

Establishes priorities for spending on any excess revenues made available by reclassification of the hospital provider fee as a TABOR-exempt enterprise.

Finance

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Establishes priorities for spending on any excess revenues made available by reclassification of the hospital provider fee as a TABOR-exempt enterprise.

Finance

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/24/2016)Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (05/10/2016)D. Hullinghorst (D)P. Steadman (D)
L. Guzman (D)
AppropriationsFinance
HB16-1459 Submission Threshold For Higher Ed Cash Projects NoneJ. Kefalas (D)
J. Sonnenberg (R)
FinanceState, Veterans, and Military AffairsGovernor Signed (06/10/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/08/2016)04/27/2016

The bill increases the dollar threshold when the Colorado Commission on Higher Education is allowed to except projects that are not for new construction from the requirements for program and physical planning.

Bill HistoryJ. Brown (R)
K. Becker (D)

Capital Development Committee. The bill:
  • Increases the dollar threshold for when the Colorado
commission on higher education (CCHE) is allowed to
except projects that are not for new construction from the
requirements for program and physical planning;
  • Increases the dollar threshold for when CCHE has a duty to
request from the governing board of each state institution
of higher education a 2-year projection of projects that are
not for new acquisitions of real property or new
construction to be undertaken;
  • Increases the dollar threshold for the submission to the
capital development committee of a 2-year report for
capital construction or capital renewal projects that are not
for new acquisitions of real property or new construction
for auxiliary and academic facilities to be funded solely
from cash funds held by an institution of higher education;
and
  • Makes conforming amendments and clarifies the reporting
requirements.

Technical measures on planning requirements for certain higher education construction projects.

Higher Education, Technical

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Technical measures on planning requirements for certain higher education construction projects.

Higher Education, Technical

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K. Becker (D)
J. Kefalas (D)
J. Sonnenberg (R)
FinanceState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
HB16-1463 Breakfast After The Bell Authority To Charge NoneA. Kerr (D)
O. Hill (R)
EducationFinanceSenate Second Reading Special Order - Lost - No Amendments (05/09/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/09/2016)05/03/2016

The bill allows a public school that has at least 70% of students, but less than 80% of students, who are eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch under the national school lunch program to charge for breakfast
after the bell for those students who are not eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch.

Bill HistoryJ. Joshi (R)
D. Moreno (D)

The bill allows a public school that has at least 70% of students,
but less than 80% of students, who are eligible for free or reduced-cost
lunch under the national school lunch program to charge for breakfast
after the bell for those students who are not eligible for free or
reduced-cost lunch. A public school that charges for breakfast after the
bell must do so in a way that does not create an apparent distinction
between a student who is being charged for breakfast and a student who
is receiving a free breakfast.

Allows certain schools participating in the breakfast after the bell program to charge students who aren't eligible for free or reduced-priced meals.

Health

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Allows certain schools participating in the breakfast after the bell program to charge students who aren't eligible for free or reduced-priced meals.

Health

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/09/2016)Senate Second Reading Special Order - Lost - No Amendments (05/09/2016)J. Joshi (R)
D. Moreno (D)
A. Kerr (D)
O. Hill (R)
EducationFinance
HB16-HCR1002 Lottery Proceeds Distributed To The State Ed Fund NoneState, Veterans, & Military AffairsHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/25/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/08/2016)04/07/2016 Bill HistoryJ. Becker (R)

Beginning with the state fiscal year 2017-18, the distribution of the
state lottery proceeds is changed as follows:
  • The percentage of proceeds distributed to the conservation
trust fund is decreased from 40% to 30%;
  • The percentage of proceeds distributed to the great
outdoors Colorado trust fund, which is subject to annual
cap, is decreased from 50% to 35%; and
  • 25% of the proceeds is distributed to the state education
fund.

Proposes constitutional amendment to devote 25 percent of lottery proceeds to K-12. Requires voter approval if passed.

Finance

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Proposes constitutional amendment to devote 25 percent of lottery proceeds to K-12. Requires voter approval if passed.

Finance

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SB16-005 Eliminating Statewide Assessments In 9th Grade NoneV. Marble (R)EducationSenate Second Reading Lost with Amendments - Committee, Floor (04/25/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/13/2016)01/13/2016

The bill eliminates mandatory 9th grade testing  in English Language Arts and Math.

Bill HistoryL. Saine (R)

Under current law, the department of education (department)
administers state assessments in English language arts and mathematics
to students enrolled in grades 3 through 9. The bill eliminates the ninth
grade assessments in English language arts and mathematics.
Under current law, the department must administer a state
assessment in science and social studies once to students enrolled in high
school, but it cannot administer the assessment to students enrolled in
twelfth grade. The bill prohibits the department from administering the
state assessments in these subjects to students enrolled in ninth grade.

Eliminates state language arts and math tests in 9th grade and prohibits giving science and social studies tests to 9th graders.

Testing

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Eliminates state language arts and math tests in 9th grade and prohibits giving science and social studies tests to 9th graders.

Testing

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SB16-023 Funding For Full-day Kindergarten NoneA. Kerr (D)State, Veterans, and Military AffairsSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/08/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/13/2016)01/13/2016

The bill expresses the general assembly's intent to increase funding annually for full-day kindergarten starting in the 2017-18 budget year and continuing through the 2021-22 budget year so that by the 2021-22 budget year, the general assembly is funding kindergarten students as full-day pupils.

Bill History

Under existing law, the Public School Finance Act of 1994 funds
kindergarten students as half-day pupils plus the supplemental
kindergarten enrollment. Under existing law, the supplemental
kindergarten enrollment is an additional .08 of a full-day pupil. The bill
increases the supplemental kindergarten enrollment for the 2016-17
budget year and each budget year thereafter to .15 of a full-day pupil.
The bill expresses the general assembly's intent to increase funding
annually for full-day kindergarten starting in the 2017-18 budget year and
continuing through the 2021-22 budget year so that by the 2021-22
budget year, the general assembly is funding kindergarten students as
full-day pupils.
Pursuant to referendum C passed by the voters in 2005, the state
is currently authorized to retain and spend up to a capped amount of
revenues each year that would otherwise be refunded in accordance with
the taxpayer's bill of rights. Subject to a vote of the people, the bill
authorizes the state to retain and spend all additional excess revenues
beginning in the 2016-17 fiscal year. The general assembly is required to
appropriate the additional retained money first to fund kindergarten pupils
as full-day pupils and then to fund the state's share of total program
funding. The state treasurer must transfer any amount of remaining
additional excess revenues to the state education fund. The director of
research of the legislative council must prepare an annual report
concerning how the retained excess revenues are expended. The secretary
of state is directed to place the question of whether to allow the state to
retain excess revenues on the ballot for the 2016 general election.

Creates a multi-year plan to increase funding for full-day kindergarten, contingent on voter approval of a measure to allow the state to retain and spend revenues above the current constititional spending cap.

Early education, Funding

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Creates a multi-year plan to increase funding for full-day kindergarten, contingent on voter approval of a measure to allow the state to retain and spend revenues above the current constititional spending cap.

Early education, Funding

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SB16-024 Private Student Loan Cap Act NoneM. Jones (D)State, Veterans, and Military AffairsSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/10/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/07/2016)01/13/2016

The bill establishes a cap on the annual interest rate that a nongovernmental lender may charge for a student loan.

Bill HistoryD. Moreno (D)

The bill establishes a cap on the annual interest rate that a
nongovernmental lender may charge for a student loan taken for the
purpose of financing undergraduate, graduate, or professional education
and related expenses of 2 percentage points over the rate that the federal
government would charge the student for a direct unsubsidized student
loan made for the same purpose.

Sets a cap on interest rates that private lenders can charge on student loans.

Higher education

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Sets a cap on interest rates that private lenders can charge on student loans.

Higher education

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SB16-035 The Public School Fund NoneJ. Sonnenberg (R)
M. Johnston (D)
FinanceState, Veterans, and Military AffairsGovernor Signed (06/08/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/19/2016)01/13/2016

The bill creates the public school fund investment board to direct the state treasurer on the investment of the constitutionally created public school fund.

Bill HistoryD. Young (D)
B. Rankin (R)

The bill creates the public school fund investment board (board)
to direct the state treasurer on the investment of the constitutionally
created public school fund (fund). The fund consists of the proceeds of
land that was granted to the state by the federal government for
educational purposes. The bill specifies that the board is made up of 5
members including the treasurer, a member of the state board of land
commissioners, and 3 members appointed by the governor and confirmed
by the senate. The board may enter into contracts with private
professional fund managers to provide expertise, technical support, and
advice on investment market conditions but such contracts must be bid by
employing standard public bidding practices.
The bill changes the distribution of the interest or income earned
on the investment of the moneys in the fund so that the interest or income
earned on the investment of the moneys in the public school fund may
first be used to pay for the services of private professional fund managers
hired by the board and to pay for any reimbursement for travel and other
necessary expenses incurred by the members of the board.
The bill then specifies that for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 state fiscal
years the first $21 million is credited to the statutorily created state public
school fund, the next $10 million is credited to the public school capital
construction assistance fund for the Building Excellent Schools Today
grant program, and any money in excess of $31 million is credited as the
board sets forth in established policy.
The bill also specifies that for the 2019-20 state fiscal year, and
each state fiscal year thereafter, the first $21 million is credited to the
statutorily created state public school fund, the next $20 million is
credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund for the
Building Excellent Schools Today grant program, and any money in
excess of $41 million is credited as the board sets forth in established
policy.

Creates a new board to direct the investment and spending of revenues in the state's public school fund, which receives revenues from state school trust lands.

Funding

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Creates a new board to direct the investment and spending of revenues in the state's public school fund, which receives revenues from state school trust lands.

Funding

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/19/2016)Governor Signed (06/08/2016)D. Young (D)
B. Rankin (R)
J. Sonnenberg (R)
M. Johnston (D)
FinanceState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
SB16-043 Student Loans Consumer Protections NoneM. Carroll (D)State, Veterans, and Military AffairsSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/17/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/01/2016)01/19/2016

The bill prohibits a private educational lender, as defined in the bill, from offering gifts to a covered educational institution, as defined in the bill, including public and private institutions of higher education, in exchange for any advantage or consideration related to loan activities or from engaging in revenue sharing.

Bill HistoryD. Kagan (D)

The bill prohibits a private educational lender, as defined in the
bill, from offering gifts to a covered educational institution, as defined in
the bill, including public and private institutions of higher education, in
exchange for any advantage or consideration related to loan activities or
from engaging in revenue sharing. Further, the bill prohibits persons
employed at covered educational institutions from receiving anything of
value from private educational lenders.
The bill makes it unlawful for a private educational lender to
impose a fee or penalty on a borrower for early repayment or prepayment
of a private education loan and requires a lender to disclose any
agreements made with a card issuer or creditor for purposes of marketing
a credit card.
The bill requires private educational lenders to disclose
information to a potential borrower or borrower both at the time of
application for a private education loan and at the time of consummation
of the loan. The required disclosures are described in the bill and include,
among other disclosures, the interest rate for the loan and adjustments to
the rate, potential finance charges and penalties, payment options, an
estimate of the total amount for repayment at the interest rate, the
possibility of qualifying for federal loans, the terms and conditions of the
loan, and that the borrower may cancel the loan, without penalty, within
3 business days after the date on which the loan is consummated.

Imposes a vareity of consumer protection and disclosure requirements on providers of private student loans but does not cap interest rates.

Higher education

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Imposes a vareity of consumer protection and disclosure requirements on providers of private student loans but does not cap interest rates.

Higher education

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/01/2016)Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/17/2016)D. Kagan (D)M. Carroll (D)State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
SB16-045 Add To Financial Literary Standards For Schools NoneN. Todd (D)EducationSenate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (02/11/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/30/2016)01/19/2016

The bill adds information on student loan debt and retirement planning to the materials and other instructional resources that may be available to public schools as part of a resource bank created by the state board of education.

Bill HistoryB. Pettersen (D)

The bill adds information on student loan debt and retirement
planning to the materials and other instructional resources that may be
available to public schools as part of a resource bank created by the state
board of education. Further, the bill adds student loan debt and retirement
planning to the definition of financial literacy curriculum.
Finally, the bill specifies that the state academic standards for
public schools relating to financial literacy must include knowledge and
skills relating to financing higher education, or other career-related
postsecondary education, and retirement planning. The bill includes a
non-exclusive list of the knowledge and skills required in each area.

Requires the addition of information on student loan debt and retirement planning to the financial literacy materials that the Department of Education makes available to schools.

Standards

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Requires the addition of information on student loan debt and retirement planning to the financial literacy materials that the Department of Education makes available to schools.

Standards

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/30/2016)Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (02/11/2016)B. Pettersen (D)N. Todd (D)Education
SB16-047 No Detention For Juveniles Who Are Truant NoneL. Woods (R)JudiciarySenate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (02/17/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/01/2016)01/19/2016

The bill prohibits a juvenile detention facility from receiving or providing care for a juvenile who violates a court order to attend school unless the juvenile is also adjudicated for a delinquent act and remains under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court for committing the delinquent act.

Bill HistoryK. Ransom (R)

The bill prohibits a juvenile detention facility from receiving or
providing care for a juvenile who violates a court order to attend school
unless the juvenile is also adjudicated for a delinquent act and remains
under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court for committing the delinquent
act.

Bans the jailing of habitually truant students unless they are under the jurisdiction of juvenile court for other delinquent acts.

Students

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Bans the jailing of habitually truant students unless they are under the jurisdiction of juvenile court for other delinquent acts.

Students

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/01/2016)Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (02/17/2016)K. Ransom (R)L. Woods (R)Judiciary
SB16-052 Cert Authorizers Of Multi-district Online Schools NoneA. Kerr (D)EducationSenate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (02/18/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/30/2016)01/19/2016

The bill requies the Colorado Department of Education to study the issue of student mobility into and out of online schools and report to the state board and the general assembly; and collect data concerning the operations of authorizers and multi-district online schools, identify and disseminate information concerning best practices, and make the data available for research in the field of online education.

Bill History

Under current law, the division of online learning (division) within
the department of education (department) must certify a multi-district
online school before the school can operate. The bill continues the
certification of multi-district online schools until January 1, 2017. On and
after that date, the division will no longer certify the school but will
certify a school district, a group of school districts, a board of cooperative
services, or the state charter school institute (authorizer) that chooses to
authorize a multi-district online school.
The bill establishes the areas in which an authorizer must meet
specified requirements to be certified. An authorizer must renew the
certification every 5 years. If an authorizer is already operating or
overseeing a multi-district online school as of January 1, 2017, the
authorizer can continue operating or overseeing the school but must
obtain a certification by January 1, 2022.
The state board of education (state board) must adopt rules
concerning the procedures and timelines by which to apply for
certification and any additional areas for which an authorizer must meet
requirements. The procedures must include an appellate procedure if the
division denies an authorizer's application for certification or revokes or
does not renew an authorizer's certification. If an authorizer loses its
certification, it may continue operating or overseeing the multi-district
online school for the remainder of the school year in which it loses the
certification and for the next school year. The division must facilitate the
multi-district online school's transition to a new authorizer.
Under current law, the department must develop parameters and
guidelines for pilot projects in online schools to address measures of
student achievement, student count processes and competency-based
funding models, tiered interventions, and requirements and
responsibilities for student success. The bill adds projects to address the
needs of specific student groups in online schools. The general assembly
is directed to appropriate moneys for the pilot projects, in addition to any
gifts, grants, or donations the department may receive.
Under current law, a multi-district online school that operates a
learning center in a school district that is not the school's authorizing
school district must enter into a memorandum of understanding with the
school district to operate the learning center. The bill requires a
multi-district online school to also enter into a memorandum of
understanding with a school district that is not the school's authorizer if
the school seeks to operate a drop-in center within the school district.
The bill requires the division to:
  • Study the issue of student mobility into and out of online
schools and report to the state board and the general
assembly; and
  • Collect data concerning the operations of authorizers and
multi-district online schools, identify and disseminate
information concerning best practices, and make the data
available for research in the field of online education.

Changes the current system of certifying multi-district online schools. Instead of certifying such schools, the Department of Education would certify the districts or other entities that authorize those schools.

Online education

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Changes the current system of certifying multi-district online schools. Instead of certifying such schools, the Department of Education would certify the districts or other entities that authorize those schools.

Online education

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/30/2016)Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (02/18/2016)A. Kerr (D)Education
SB16-066 Recreating School Finance Contingency Reserve Fund NoneP. Steadman (D)EducationEducationGovernor Signed (03/18/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/16/2016)01/19/2016

The contingency reserve fund was erroneously repealed July 1, 2015. The bill recreates the contingency reserve fund without substantive change.

Bill HistoryM. Hamner (D)

Joint Budget Committee. Before July 1, 2015, the statutes
provided for a contingency reserve fund as a source of supplemental
assistance for school districts that demonstrated increased financial need
due to circumstances described in the statute. The state board of education
reviewed applications for supplemental assistance it received from school
districts and approved payments to those districts that could demonstrate
the existence of the statutorily described circumstances.
The contingency reserve fund was erroneously repealed July 1,
2015. The bill recreates the contingency reserve fund without substantive
change.

Reinstates the Department of Education's contingency reserve fund.

Technical

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Reinstates the Department of Education's contingency reserve fund.

Technical

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/16/2016)Governor Signed (03/18/2016)M. Hamner (D)P. Steadman (D)EducationEducation
SB16-070 Prohibit Discrimination Labor Union Participation NoneT. Neville (R)State, Veterans, & Military AffairsBusiness, Labor and TechnologyHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/04/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/02/2016)01/19/2016

The bill prohibits an employer from requiring any person, as a condition of employment, to become or remain a member of a labor organization or to pay dues, fees, or other assessments to a labor organization or to a charity organization or other third party in lieu of the labor organization.

Bill HistoryJ. Everett (R)

The bill prohibits an employer from requiring any person, as a
condition of employment, to become or remain a member of a labor
organization or to pay dues, fees, or other assessments to a labor
organization or to a charity organization or other third party in lieu of the
labor organization. Any agreement that violates these prohibitions or the
rights of an employee is void.
The bill creates civil and criminal penalties for violations and
authorizes the attorney general and the district attorney in each judicial
district to investigate alleged violations and take action against a person
believed to be in violation. The bill states that all-union agreements are
unfair labor practices.

Prohibits employers, such as school districts, from requiring union membership or payment of dues or fees as a condition of employment.

Teachers

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Prohibits employers, such as school districts, from requiring union membership or payment of dues or fees as a condition of employment.

Teachers

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (06/02/2016)House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/04/2016)J. Everett (R)T. Neville (R)State, Veterans, & Military AffairsBusiness, Labor and Technology
SB16-072 Increase Annual BEST Lease-purchase Payment Cap NoneA. Kerr (D)EducationEducationGovernor Signed (05/19/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/11/2016)01/19/2016

The bill increases the maximum total annual amount of lease payments authorized to be paid with both state money and local matching money to $90 million for the 2016-17 fiscal year, $100 million for the 2017-18 fiscal year, $110 million for the 2018-19 fiscal year, and $120 million for the 2019-20 fiscal year and for each fiscal year thereafter.

Bill HistoryJ. Wilson (R)
A. Garnett (D)

Under the Building Excellent Schools Today Act (BEST), the
state may enter into lease-purchase agreements for public school facility
capital construction projects subject to the limitation that the maximum
total annual amount of lease payments payable under the terms of the
agreements does not exceed $80 million. The bill increases the maximum
total annual amount of lease payments authorized to be paid with both
state money and local matching money to $90 million for the 2016-17
fiscal year, $100 million for the 2017-18 fiscal year, $110 million for the
2018-19 fiscal year, and $120 million for the 2019-20 fiscal year and for
each fiscal year thereafter. In addition, to match the increase in the
maximum annual amount of lease payments authorized and thereby
ensure that the annual transfer of public school lands income to the BEST
program continues to be sufficient, by itself, to cover the 50% state share
of the total amount of annual lease payments, the bill increases the
minimum amount of the annual transfer from $40 million to $60 million.

Raises both the annual cap on debt repayments by the Building Excellent Schools Today construction grants program and the cap on the amount of money transferred to BEST from the income on state school lands.

Finance

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Raises both the annual cap on debt repayments by the Building Excellent Schools Today construction grants program and the cap on the amount of money transferred to BEST from the income on state school lands.

Finance

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/11/2016)Governor Signed (05/19/2016)J. Wilson (R)
A. Garnett (D)
A. Kerr (D)EducationEducation
SB16-079 Align Secondary and Postsecondary CTE Initiatives NoneN. Todd (D)EducationEducationHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/02/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/07/2016)01/19/2016

The bill requires that, if a student chooses to follow a career pathway, the student's individual career and academic plan must be aligned with the plan of study, if any, that is appropriate to the student's career goal.

Bill HistoryD. Young (D)

The bill requires that, if a student chooses to follow a career
pathway, the student's individual career and academic plan must be
aligned with the plan of study, if any, that is appropriate to the student's
career goal. The bill directs the commissioner of education to ensure that
the department of education (department) aligns the postsecondary and
workforce readiness programs and initiatives that it implements with the
model plans of study created by the community college system. The bill
requires the department, in collaboration with the community college
system, to create and make available informational materials that explain
the alignment of the state academic standards, the state high school
graduation guidelines, and the postsecondary and workforce initiatives
and programs that the department implements with the model plans of
study and the career pathways.

Requires the Department of Education to align postsecondary and workforce readiness programs and initiatives with the model study plans of the community college system.

Standards

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Requires the Department of Education to align postsecondary and workforce readiness programs and initiatives with the model study plans of the community college system.

Standards

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/07/2016)House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/02/2016)D. Young (D)N. Todd (D)EducationEducation
SB16-101 School Board Ethics Commission NoneA. Kerr (D)State, Veterans, and Military AffairsSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/22/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/07/2016)01/29/2016

The bill creates the school board ethics commission (commission) as a type 1 commission within the department of education.

Bill HistoryT. Kraft-Tharp (D)

The bill creates the school board ethics commission (commission)
as a type 1 commission within the department of education.
The commission consists of 5 members appointed by the general
assembly, the governor, and the state board of education. The bill
includes requirements relating to commission membership.
Any person may file a complaint alleging that a member of the
governing board of a school district, district charter school, institute
charter school, or board of cooperative services that operates a school
(board member), has violated a state statute, code, standard, or rule within
the commission's jurisdiction.
The commission may hear complaints relating to alleged violations
by board members of:
  • The code of ethics for school board members created in the
bill;
  • The conduct of school board meetings;
  • School board bylaws relating to the conduct of board
members;
  • Statutes relating to ethics in government;
  • Statutes relating to open meetings;
  • The Colorado Open Records Act; and
  • Any other provisions of state law that relate to ethical
codes, standards, or rules that are applicable to board
members.
The bill authorizes the commission to take all actions necessary to
carry out its duties, including, among others, receiving, reviewing, and
investigating complaints; issuing findings of fact and conclusions of law;
and imposing sanctions if violations are found. The commission shall
promulgate rules relating to its duties.
The bill includes procedures relating to complaints filed with the
commission. Once filed, the commission determines whether there is
probable cause to sustain the complaint. The complaint and response are
confidential until probable cause has been determined. If there is probable
cause, the commission refers the matter to an administrative law judge for
hearing and issuance of findings of fact. The commission then makes
written findings of fact and conclusions of law. If a violation is found, the
commission shall determine the sanction, which may include civil
penalties or fines, equitable relief, censure, and the award of attorney's
fees. Complainants may appeal decisions to the district court.
The commission may dismiss frivolous complaints and impose a
fine of not more than $500.
The bill establishes a code of ethics for school board members.

Creates an ethics commission within CDE to hear ethics complaints against district and charter board members.

School boards

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Creates an ethics commission within CDE to hear ethics complaints against district and charter board members.

School boards

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/07/2016)Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/22/2016)T. Kraft-Tharp (D)A. Kerr (D)State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
SB16-104 Incentives To Build Number Of Rural Teachers NoneJ. Sonnenberg (R)
N. Todd (D)
EducationEducationGovernor Signed (06/06/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/17/2016)01/29/2016

The bill creates several methods to address the problem of recruitment and retention of teachers in rural school districts of Colorado (rural districts).

Bill HistoryJ. Becker (R)

The bill creates several methods to address the problem of
recruitment and retention of teachers in rural school districts of Colorado
(rural districts). This includes:
  • Establishing one or more rural education centers housed in
institutions of higher education in rural districts;
  • Providing stipends to offset tuition costs to student teachers
who are in approved educator preparation programs and
who agree to student teach in a rural district;
  • Establishing teacher cadet programs in identified rural
districts to identify and support high school students
interested in pursuing teaching careers in rural districts; and
  • Providing funds to offset costs for a teacher in a rural
district who is pursuing either becoming a national board
certified teacher or becoming qualified as a concurrent
enrollment teacher in his or her rural district.

Proposes a package of programs to encourage teachers to move to and stay in rural districts.

Teachers

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Proposes a package of programs to encourage teachers to move to and stay in rural districts.

Teachers

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/17/2016)Governor Signed (06/06/2016)J. Becker (R)J. Sonnenberg (R)
N. Todd (D)
EducationEducation
SB16-105 Adjustments To Educator Performance Evaluation Sys NoneM. Merrifield (D)
V. Marble (R)
EducationSenate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (02/18/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/03/2016)01/29/2016

The bill also allows a local board of education or board of cooperative services that adopts its own local licensed personnel evaluation system to exempt teachers or principals who have either an existing effective or highly effective rating from the annual requirements of such system for a period not to exceed 3 years. 

Bill History

Senate Bill 10-191, concerning educator effectiveness, included a
requirement that at least 50% of a teacher's or principal's performance
evaluation (evaluation) be determined by the academic growth of the
teacher's students or the students in the principal's school. The bill
eliminates that requirement, but allows academic growth to be no more
than 20% of the evaluation.
The bill also allows a local board of education or board of
cooperative services that adopts its own local licensed personnel
evaluation system to exempt teachers or principals who have either an
existing effective or highly effective rating from the annual requirements
of such system for a period not to exceed 3 years. If a local board of
education or board of cooperative services decides to provide such an
exemption, the teacher or principal retains the rating he or she received
on his or her most recent evaluation for the exemption period. A teacher
or principal who has been exempt from evaluations pursuant to this bill
may request a new evaluation prior to the end of the exemption period.
The rating from such a new evaluation will become the teacher's or
principal's new performance evaluation rating.

Eliminates requirement for 50 percent student academic growth factor in teacher evaluations. Also removes annual evaluation requirement for some teachers and principals.

Evaluation, Teachers

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Eliminates requirement for 50 percent student academic growth factor in teacher evaluations. Also removes annual evaluation requirement for some teachers and principals.

Evaluation, Teachers

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/03/2016)Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (02/18/2016)M. Merrifield (D)
V. Marble (R)
Education
SB16-121 Higher Education Tuition Pledged for Bonding NoneJ. Tate (R)FinanceFinanceGovernor Signed (03/31/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/18/2016)02/01/2016

The bill allows an institution or group of institutions to pledge up to 100% of tuition revenue if the contract for the advancement of money for which it is pledging tuition is not subject to the higher education revenue bond intercept program.

Bill HistoryA. Garnett (D)

Under current law, a state institution of higher education or group
of institutions may pledge up to 10% of tuition revenues of the institution
for purposes of entering into contracts for the advancement of money.
The bill allows an institution or group of institutions to pledge up to
100% of tuition revenue if the contract for the advancement of money for
which it is pledging tuition is not subject to the higher education revenue
bond intercept program and the institution is not a party to any existing
contracts for the advancement of money that are subject to the higher
education revenue bond intercept program.

Technical measure on higher education debt obligations.

Higher education, Technical

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Technical measure on higher education debt obligations.

Higher education, Technical

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/18/2016)Governor Signed (03/31/2016)A. Garnett (D)J. Tate (R)FinanceFinance
SB16-148 Require Civics Test Before Graduate High School NoneO. Hill (R)EducationSenate Third Reading Lost - No Amendments (04/06/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/03/2016)03/04/2016

The bill requires each student who is enrolled in ninth grade during or after the 2016-17 school year to
correctly answer, before graduating from high school, at least 60 questions from the civics portion of the naturalization test (test) used by the United States citizenship and immigration services.

Bill HistoryD. Moreno (D)
P. Lundeen (R)

Under existing law, each high school student must satisfactorily
complete a civics course as a condition of high school graduation. In
connection with this requirement, the bill requires each student who is
enrolled in ninth grade during or after the 2016-17 school year to
correctly answer, before graduating from high school, at least 60
questions from the civics portion of the naturalization test (test) used by
the United States citizenship and immigration services. The school
district, charter school, or school operated by a board of cooperative
services (local education provider) that enrolls the student may allow the
student to take the test on multiple occasions while enrolled in ninth
through twelfth grade and, if necessary, to repeat the test until the student
correctly answers at least 60 questions. Once the student correctly
answers 60 questions, the local education provider will note the
accomplishment on the student's transcript. A student who has a disability
is excused from this requirement, except to the extent it may be required
in the student's individualized education program. The superintendent or
principal of a local education provider may waive the requirement for a
student who meets all of the other graduation requirements and
demonstrates the existence of extraordinary circumstances that justify the
waiver. Each local education provider has complete flexibility in
determining the manner of delivering the test and may incorporate the test
into its existing curriculum. A local education provider shall not use the
results of the test in measuring educator effectiveness.

Requires ninth graders to correctly answer 60 questions on the federal naturalization test to graduate from high school. Students could take the test multiple times through 12th grade in order to pass.

Testing

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Requires ninth graders to correctly answer 60 questions on the federal naturalization test to graduate from high school. Students could take the test multiple times through 12th grade in order to pass.

Testing

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/03/2016)Senate Third Reading Lost - No Amendments (04/06/2016)D. Moreno (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
O. Hill (R)Education
SB16-154 Tax Credits For Nonpublic Education NoneK. Lundberg (R)EducationEducationHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/02/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/19/2016)03/11/2016

The bill establishes a private school tuition income tax credit for income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2017, that allows any taxpayer to claim a credit when the taxpayer enrolls a dependent qualified
child in a private school.

Bill HistoryK. Ransom (R)

The bill establishes a private school tuition income tax credit for
income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2017, that allows any
taxpayer to claim a credit when the taxpayer enrolls a dependent qualified
child in a private school or the taxpayer provides a scholarship to a
qualified child for enrollment in a private school and the private school
issues the taxpayer a credit certificate for either enrolling a dependent
qualified child in the private school or providing a scholarship to a
qualified child for enrollment in the private school.
The credit may be carried forward for 3 years but may not be
refunded, and the department of revenue is granted rule-making authority.
In addition, the credit may be transferred, subject to certain limitations.
The amount of the credit is:
  • For any qualified child attending a private school on a
full-time basis as described in the state board of education
rules, an amount equal to either the tuition paid or the
scholarship provided to a qualified child, as applicable, or
50% of the previous year's state average per pupil revenues,
whichever is less; and
  • For any qualified child attending a private school on a
half-time basis as described in the state board of education
rules, an amount equal to either the tuition paid or the
scholarship provided to a qualified child, as applicable, or
25% of the previous year's state average per pupil revenues,
whichever is less.
The bill establishes an income tax credit for income tax years
commencing on or after January 1, 2017, that allows any taxpayer who
uses home-based education for a qualified child to claim an income tax
credit in an amount equal to:
  • $1,000 for a taxpayer who uses home-based education for
a qualified child who was enrolled on a full-time basis as
described in the state board of education rules in a public
school in the state prior to being taught at home; and
  • $500 for a taxpayer who uses home-based education for a
qualified child who was enrolled on a half-time basis as
described in the state board of education rules in a public
school in the state prior to being taught at home.
The credit may be carried forward for 3 years but may not be refunded.
In addition, the credit may be transferred, subject to certain limitations.

Provides tax credits for parents who pay private school tuition and donors who fund private school scholarships.

Finance, Parents

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Provides tax credits for parents who pay private school tuition and donors who fund private school scholarships.

Finance, Parents

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (05/19/2016)House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/02/2016)K. Ransom (R)K. Lundberg (R)EducationEducation
SB16-187 Measures Affecting Charter Schools NoneO. Hill (R)EducationEducationHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/10/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/19/2016)04/12/2016

If a charter school is operating under a school performance plan, the bill allows the charter school to submit a new plan every 2 years instead of annually.

Bill HistoryA. Williams (D)
L. Sias (R)

School performance plan. If a charter school is operating under
a school performance plan, the bill allows the charter school to submit a
new plan every 2 years instead of annually.
Exclusive chartering authority. The bill directs the state board
of education (state board) to consider applications to regain exclusive
chartering authority only between November 1 and December 31 each
year. The bill clarifies the grounds on which a party may challenge a
school district's exclusive chartering authority. If a local board loses
exclusive chartering authority, the bill specifies that the local board must
apply to regain exclusive chartering authority on or before October 1. If
a local board allows the state charter school institute (institute) to
authorize an institute charter school within the school district, the institute
continues to oversee the institute charter school, regardless of subsequent
actions taken by the local board, unless the institute charter school
voluntarily converts to a district charter school.
Open meetings. The bill specifies that the governing board of an
institute charter school is a local public body, not a state public body, for
purposes of the open meetings law.
Automatic waivers of statute and state rule. The bill prohibits
the state board from automatically waiving statutory requirements for a
minimum number of teacher-pupil contact hours.
Charter school network audit. The bill allows a charter school
network to meet the statutory requirements for charter school financial
audits by completing a single network-wide audit that includes each of the
charter schools in the network.
Miscellaneous changes. The bill clarifies that:
  • An education management provider does not include a
charter school network;
  • At a charter school's request, a school district must include
in the end-of-year itemized accounting of central
administrative overhead costs for a charter school a list of
the personnel who provided services to the charter school,
including the personnel position and services provided;
  • A school district must distribute state and federal money to
charter schools on a per-pupil basis if the amount the
school district received was calculated on a per-pupil basis
that included the students enrolled in the charter school;
and
  • If a district charter school converts to an institute charter
school, or an institute charter school converts to a district
charter school, the converted school's funding is still
calculated using the formula that applied to the school
before the conversion.

Proposes more flexibility for charter schools, including less-frequent filing of improvement plans for charters that are rated as "performance."

Charters

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Proposes more flexibility for charter schools, including less-frequent filing of improvement plans for charters that are rated as "performance."

Charters

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/19/2016)House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/10/2016)A. Williams (D)
L. Sias (R)
O. Hill (R)EducationEducation
SB16-188 Access To Resources For Charter Schools NoneO. Hill (R)EducationEducationHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/10/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/19/2016)04/12/2016

Beginning in the 2017-18 budget year, the bill requires a school district to distribute revenue it receives from ongoing local property tax mill levies equally, on a per-student basis, to the school district charter
schools, with exceptions for revenue that is restricted to certain uses by voters.

Bill HistoryA. Williams (D)
L. Sias (R)

Mill levy equalization among district public school students.
Beginning in the 2017-18 budget year, the bill requires a school district
to distribute revenue it receives from ongoing local property tax mill
levies equally, on a per-student basis, to the school district charter
schools, with exceptions for revenue that is restricted to certain uses by
voters.
BEST requirements for charter schools. The bill repeals certain
requirements imposed on charter schools as conditions of qualifying for
capital construction funding.
Use of capital construction money. The bill allows a qualified
charter school to use state education fund money received as capital
construction assistance to maintain buildings.
Availability of buildings and land. If a school district has
authorized one or more charter schools and has an available or underused
building or land, the bill requires the school district to provide notice to
the district's charter schools and on its website of the availability of the
building or land. A charter school or a charter school applicant may apply
to the school district to use the building or land. The local board must
review each application and, in a public meeting, approve or deny each
application. If the local board denies an application, it must state the
reasons at the public meeting and provide a written explanation of the
reasons for denial to the applicants.
Mill levy equalization - institute charter schools. The bill directs
the department of education to calculate a mill levy equalization payment
in the amount of the per pupil share of the mill levy overrides of the
institute charter school's accounting district. The state will pay the
amounts, subject to annual appropriations.

Requires school districts to equitably share mill levy override revenues with their charter schools.

Charters, Finance

cVotes all Legislators

Requires school districts to equitably share mill levy override revenues with their charter schools.

Charters, Finance

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/19/2016)House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/10/2016)A. Williams (D)
L. Sias (R)
O. Hill (R)EducationEducation
SB16-193 Safe2Tell Provide Free Materials And Training NoneB. Cadman (R)
M. Scheffel (R)
EducationJudiciaryGovernor Signed (06/06/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/14/2016)04/20/2016

The bill requires safe2tell to provide the materials to all preschool, elementary, secondary schools. and other specific organizations in the state at no cost to the schools or specified organizations.

Bill HistoryD. Hullinghorst (D)
C. Duran (D)

Under current law, the safe2tell program (safe2tell) provides
awareness and education materials to all participating schools and school
districts. The bill requires safe2tell to provide the materials to all
preschool, elementary, and secondary schools in the state at no cost to the
schools. The bill also requires safe2tell to provide the materials to the
Boys & Girls Clubs and 4-H extension offices in Colorado at no charge.
The bill requires safe2tell to develop training curriculum and
teaching materials for a train the trainer program and annually organize,
host, and conduct trainings in all geographic regions of the state and
provide related materials to persons who attend the training at no charge.

Requires Safe2Tell program to provide materials to schools free of charge.

School safety

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Requires Safe2Tell program to provide materials to schools free of charge.

School safety

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/14/2016)Governor Signed (06/06/2016)D. Hullinghorst (D)
C. Duran (D)
B. Cadman (R)
M. Scheffel (R)
EducationJudiciary
SB16-196 Inclusive Higher Education Pilot Program NoneJ. Cooke (R)
B. Cadman (R)
AppropriationsEducationGovernor Signed (06/06/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/20/2016)04/22/2016

The bill creates the pilot program for inclusive higher education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (pilot program) and identifies pilot sites at institutions of higher education in the
state (institutions), including 2 4-year institutions and one community college.

Bill HistoryL. Landgraf (R)
D. Young (D)

The bill creates the pilot program for inclusive higher education
for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (pilot
program) and identifies pilot sites at institutions of higher education in the
state (institutions), including 2 4-year institutions and one community
college.
The bill requires the department of higher education (department),
the institutions participating in the pilot program, JFK Partners, defined
in the bill as a program of the university of Colorado medical school, and
IN!, defined in the bill as a stakeholder group supporting inclusive higher
education, to work together to develop pilot programs at the pilot sites.
The bill specifies the minimum requirements for each inclusive
higher education pilot program, including, among other requirements, the
development of programming for students that allows a student to take
two on-campus undergraduate courses each semester in the student's
chosen area of interest and a course specific to inclusive higher education,
and to earn a certificate from the institution at the completion of the
program. In addition, the inclusive higher education pilot programs shall
integrate students socially and academically to the greatest extent
possible, and shall be outcome-focused in preparing the student for
gainful employment in the community.
The bill requires JFK Partners to complete an annual formative
evaluation of each pilot program and the department to report to the
general assembly annually concerning the implementation of inclusive
higher education, as well as the results of the JFK Partners evaluation.
The bill requires the department to enter into fee-for-service
contracts with the governing boards of the institutions, and recognizes
that fee-for-service contracts for inclusive higher education programs are
not included in certain defined terms for purposes of calculating total
appropriations in the college opportunity fund program or determining
appropriations for student financial assistance.
The pilot program is repealed July 1, 2021.
The bill includes transfers of money from the intellectual and
developmental disabilities services cash fund in 2016 and 2017 and an
appropriation clause.

Creates a pilot program intended to bring students with intellectual and developmental disabilities into higher education.

Higher education

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Creates a pilot program intended to bring students with intellectual and developmental disabilities into higher education.

Higher education

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/20/2016)Governor Signed (06/06/2016)L. Landgraf (R)
D. Young (D)
J. Cooke (R)
B. Cadman (R)
AppropriationsEducation
SB16-204 Higher Education Revenue Bond Intercept Program NoneK. Lambert (R)AppropriationsAppropriationsGovernor Signed (06/06/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/08/2016)04/26/2016

The bill places requirements on the higher education revenue bond intercept program.

Bill HistoryB. Rankin (R)

Joint Budget Committee. The higher education revenue bond
intercept program allows the state to be available as a backup for the
necessary payments of principal and interest on revenue bonds issued by
a governing board of a state-supported institution of higher education
(institution). The institution is able to bond for a project or projects using
the state's credit rating, which generally saves the institution money. In
order to participate in the program, the institution must meet certain
requirements regarding its credit rating and its debt service coverage
ratio.
The bill:
  • Requires a governing board of an institution to obtain a
preapproval certificate from the state treasurer and seek
approval from the capital development committee and the
joint budget committee to use the higher education revenue
bond intercept program prior to issuing bonds under the
program;
  • Requires the state treasurer to issue annual preapproval
certificates to the governing boards of institutions that
indicate that the governing board of an institution meets the
program requirements related to credit rating and debt
service coverage ratio, describes the basis for the amount
to be preapproved, and specifies that the preapproval
certificate may be amended based on additional data;
  • Specifies that the intercept program can only be used if the
maximum total annual debt service payment of the revenue
bond issue plus the debt service payment for any other
revenue bond issues that were issued by the same
governing board of an institution equals 75% or less of the
most recent general fund appropriation for stipends and
fee-for-service contracts that is reappropriated to such
governing board;
  • Establishes and clarifies exceptions to allow for expedited
approval by the state treasurer to refinance some intercept
debt;
  • Requires the state treasurer to provide the capital
development committee, the joint budget committee, the
Colorado commission on higher education, and the office
of state planning and budgeting with an annual report that
includes:
  • The credit rating of each governing board of an
institution that has issued revenue bonds under the
intercept program;
  • The debt service coverage ratio of each governing
board of an institution that has issued revenue bonds
under the intercept program;
  • The total amount of all revenue bonds issued by
governing boards of institutions under the intercept
program, including the anticipated payment
schedule for such revenue bonds; and
  • The total amount of all revenue bonds issued by
governing boards of institutions, including the
anticipated payment schedule for all such revenue
bonds;
  • Amends statutes related to how the state treasurer recovers
any amounts paid to a paying agent;
  • Expands the reporting requirements related to the program;
and
  • Makes conforming amendments to the capital construction
planning statutes for state-supported institutions of higher
education.

Technical measure changing the procedures for state backup of bonds issued by higher education institutions.

Higher education

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Technical measure changing the procedures for state backup of bonds issued by higher education institutions.

Higher education

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (08/08/2016)Governor Signed (06/06/2016)B. Rankin (R)K. Lambert (R)AppropriationsAppropriations
SB16-208 Funding For Charter Schools That Convert NoneO. Hill (R)EducationEducationGovernor Signed (06/10/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/21/2016)04/28/2016

Under the bill, if a district charter school converts to an institute charter school, or an institute charter school converts to a district charter school, the converted school's funding is still calculated using the formula
that applied to the school before the conversion.

Bill HistoryA. Williams (D)
L. Sias (R)

Under the bill, if a district charter school converts to an institute
charter school, or an institute charter school converts to a district charter
school, the converted school's funding is still calculated using the formula
that applied to the school before the conversion.

Stabilizes per-pupil funding when a charter school changes its authorization from a local district to the Charter School Institute, or vice versa.

Charters

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Stabilizes per-pupil funding when a charter school changes its authorization from a local district to the Charter School Institute, or vice versa.

Charters

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/21/2016)Governor Signed (06/10/2016)A. Williams (D)
L. Sias (R)
O. Hill (R)EducationEducation
SB16-209 Authorize Sch Dist Prop Lease To Higher Ed Inst NoneN. Todd (D)
C. Holbert (R)
FinanceFinanceGovernor Signed (06/06/2016)LobbyistsFull Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/13/2016)04/29/2016

The bill authorizes a school district board of education to lease school district property to a state institution of higher education and to accept in-kind services from the institution as all or part of the lease
payments.

Bill HistoryJ. Buckner (D)
K. Priola (R)

The bill authorizes a school district board of education to lease
school district property to a state institution of higher education and to
accept in-kind services from the institution as all or part of the lease
payments. The bill clarifies that a school district may issue bonds to
construct a building for lease to a state institution of higher education.

Allows school districts to lease buildings to institutions of higher education.

Higher education

cVotes all Legislators

Allows school districts to lease buildings to institutions of higher education.

Higher education

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes (07/13/2016)Governor Signed (06/06/2016)J. Buckner (D)
K. Priola (R)
N. Todd (D)
C. Holbert (R)
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