From the Statehouse

Legislative education calendars Feb. 14-18

This is the legislative calendar of education-related bills and events as of Feb. 11. Floor calendars are subject to change and addition, and committee calendars occasionally change.


10 a.m. – House preliminary consideration
– House Bill 11-1069 – Mandatory physical activity in elementary schools
– House Bill 11-1053 – Alternatives to jailing for truants

10 a.m. – Senate final consideration
– Several 2010-11 budget-balancing bills are on the calendar, including some affecting education

Senate preliminary consideration
– Senate Bill 11-061 – Special education appeals
– Senate Bill 11-106 – Repeal of science and technology education center grants board
– Senate Bill 11-101 – Continuation of tuition and fees fixed rate program
– Senate Bill 11-012 – Self-administration of prescription drugs by students at school
– Senate Bill 11-158 – Repeal of Read-to-Achieve program

1:30 p.m. – House Education Committee, room 0112
– House Bill 11-1057 – Due process rights of adjunct faculty
– House Bill 11-1126 – Parental involvement in schools
– House Bill 11-1121 – Bar felons from school employment

1:30 p.m. – Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, Old Supreme Court Chambers
– Senate Bill 11-074 – Allowing school boards to change PERA contribution rates
– Senate Bill 11-127 – Creation of mandatory PERA defined contribution plan
– Senate Bill 11-132 – Expansion of bonding program for charter schools


7:30 a.m. – House Appropriations Committee, room LSB-A
– 2010-11 budget balancing bills received from the Senate

9 a.m. – Senate preliminary consideration
– Senate Bill 11-100 – Continuation of higher education course coordination council
– Senate Bill 11-040 – Youth sports concussion bill

1:30 a.m. – Joint Budget Committee, room LSB-A
– Gov. John Hickenlooper presents 2011-12 executive budget proposal


8 a.m. – Joint education committees, room 0112
– Presentation by Colorado School Safety Resource Center

Upon floor adjournment – House Education Committee, room 0112
– House Bill 11-1213 – Unemployment insurance changes for some Auraria employees
– House Bill 11-1145 – Background checks for childcare workers (action only)
– House Bill 11-1184 – Creation of higher education finance study commission

Upon floor adjournment – Senate Education Committee, room 354
– Senate Bill 11-111 – Creation of task force to study student transitions and education success
– House Bill 11-1077 – Cleanup of statutes on special education and gifted students

1:30 p.m. – Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee, room 354
– Senate Bill 11-075 – Regulation of inflatable play structures


1:30 p.m. – Senate Education Committee, room 356
– Senate Bill 11-052 – Phased-in performance funding system for higher education
– Senate Bill 11-069 – Regulation of education management organizations
– Senate Bill 11-126 – Eligibility of undocumented students for instate tuition

Use the Education Bill Tracker for links to bill texts and status information

awarding leaders

Meet the nine finalists for Tennessee Principal of the Year

PHOTO: Shelby County Schools
From left: Docia Generette-Walker receives Tennessee's 2016 principal of the year honor from Education Commissioner Candice McQueen. Generette-Walker leads Middle College High School in Memphis. This year's winner will be announced in October.

Nine school leaders are up for an annual statewide award, including one principal from Memphis.

Tracie Thomas, a principal at White Station Elementary School, represents schools in Shelby County on the state’s list of finalists. Last year, Principal Docia Generette-Walker of Middle College High School in Memphis received the honor.

Building better principals has been a recent focus for Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen as roles of the school leaders change under school improvement efforts.

“Successful schools begin with great leaders, and these nine finalists represent some of the best in our state,” McQueen said. “The Principal of the Year finalists have each proven what is possible when school leaders hold students and educators to high expectations.”

The winner will be announced at the state department’s annual banquet in October, where the winner of Tennessee’s Teacher of the Year will also be announced.

The finalists are:

West Tennessee

  • Tracie Thomas, White Station Elementary, Shelby County Schools
  • Stephanie Coffman, South Haven Elementary, Henderson County School District
  • Linda DeBerry, Dyersburg City Primary School, Dyersburg City Schools

Middle Tennessee

  • Kenneth “Cam” MacLean, Portland West Middle School, Sumner County Schools
  • John Bush, Marshall County High School, Marshall County Schools
  • Donnie Holman, Rickman Elementary School, Overton County Schools

East Tennessee

  • Robin Copp, Ooltewah High School, Hamilton County Schools
  • Jeff Harshbarger, Norris Middle School, Anderson County Schools
  • Carol McGill, Fairmont Elementary School, Johnson City Schools

you better work

Hickenlooper, on national TV, calls for bipartisanship on job training for high school graduates

PHOTO: Nicholas Garcia
Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke to reporters on the eve of the 2017 General Assembly.

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Sunday said Republicans and Democrats should work together to rethink how states are preparing high school graduates for the 21st century economy.

“It’s not a Republican or Democratic issue to say we want better jobs for our kids, or we want to make sure they’re trained for the new generation of jobs that are coming or beginning to appear,” he said on CBS’s Face the Nation.

Hickenlooper, a Democrat, appeared on the Sunday public affairs program alongside Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, to discuss their work on healthcare.

The Colorado governor brought up workforce training after moderator John Dickerson asked what issues besides healthcare both parties should be addressing.

“Two-thirds of our kids are never going to have a four-year college degree, and we really haven’t been able to prepare them to involve them in the economy where the new generations of jobs require some technical capability,” Hickenlooper said. “We need to look at apprenticeships. We need to look at all kinds of internships.”

Hickenlooper has long supported a variety of education reform policies including charter schools and linking student test scores to teacher evaluations. Last fall he backed a new program that is expected to this year connect 250 Colorado high school students with paid job training.

Watch Hickenlooper and Kasich here. Hickenlooper’s remarks on job training begin right before the 11- minute mark.