Presentation on theme: "State Legislature Basics Colorado General Assembly Legislative Session is 120 days – 2 nd week in January through 2 nd week in May Convened January."— Presentation transcript:
State Legislature Basics Colorado General Assembly Legislative Session is 120 days – 2 nd week in January through 2 nd week in May Convened January 7, 2015 Adjournment May 6, 2015 Split majorities in state legislature Senate – 35 members 18 Republicans & 17 Democrats House of Representatives – 65 members 34 Democrats & 31 Republicans
K12 Budget FY SB K12 Supplemental Total program funding will be reduced by $14,025,921 due to lower than anticipated actual pupil counts. Retain the total program funding at the originally appropriated level. As a result of the adjustment, the negative factor will be reduced by $14,025,921.
HE Budget FY SB HE Supplemental Allocates an additional $3,282,692,554 to various HE programs and funds. FY14-15 excess state revenue sweep for various HE capital construction projects = $119.5M
Budget FY & Beyond March 23 rd – Deadline to introduce the Long Bill in the Senate April 17 th – Deadline for final passage of the School Finance Act Pending budget issues TABOR ○ Requirement of voter-approval to modify SB General Fund transfers School Finance and various funding lawsuits Hospital Provider Fee & rising state program costs
School Finance Superintendent’s Proposal Fund enrollment growth and inflation per Amendment 23 requirements Additional $270M into SEF ○ $200M one-time negative factor buy-down ○ $50M at-risk, as defined by free and reduced lunch ○ $20M rural school funding ○ Rural funding non-negotiable, remaining additional funding for at-risk and negative factor to be split 25% / 75%, respectively Additional $2M Counselor Corps Grant Program = $10M total annual appropriation
Higher Ed Funding Implementing new funding formula established in 2014 session HE now estimated to be within $18M of FY08-09 funding levels Additional HE capital construction funding requests pending SB ASCENT Program Funding Transfers ASCENT funding from SEF to General Fund & modifies program dates
2015 CTE Legislation & Policies Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness / Workforce Development Higher Education Tuition & Scholarships Standardized Assessments Academic Standards Educator Evaluation Still to Come & Postponed Indefinitely On the Horizon…
PWR & Workforce Development CDE & PWR 2.0 *non-legislative HB Assistance to Public Schools for Career Pathways Rep. Windholz / Sen. None Statewide PWR program coordinator HB Increasing Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness Reps. Kraft-Tharp & Wilson / Sens. Hill & Heath Requires PWR indicator in district accountability framework Provides equal weight for industry cert. programs, 2-yr and 4- yr degrees District Accountability Committee industry representation Statewide PWR program coordinator
Higher Education Tuition & Scholarships HB Empowering Students in HE Funding 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. SB Awarding CO’s Excellent Scholars Program Creates the Awarding Colorado's Excellent Scholars (ACES) program to provide scholarships to the 3 students in each public high school each year who graduate with the highest GPAs in their graduating class.
Standardized Assessments Bill No. TitleCustom SummaryHouseSenate HB Fed Test Reqmnts Option For Local Ed Providers Allows the governing board of a school district to adopt a resolution to administer the statewide assessments in English language arts, mathematics, and science only to the extent required by federal law. J. Tate (R) SB Frequency Of Statewide Social Studies Testing Beginning in the school year, CDE may choose to administer the social studies assessment annually to a representative sample of public schools so long as it administers the assessment in each public school at least once every 3 years. If CDE chooses a 3-year assessment schedule, a school district or a charter school may ask CDE to administer the test in a public school that is not scheduled. T. Kraft- Tharp (D) A. Kerr (D) SB Restrict Statewide Tests To Federal Requirements Federal minimum testing and ACT administration in high school. M. Merrifield (D)
HB Standardized Assessment Task Force Eliminate 12 th grade state tests Eliminate 9 th 11 th grade state test in language arts and math and provide state funding for districts that decide to administer these tests Continue Federally-required 10 th grade language arts and math tests Continue ACT for high school juniors Modify frequency and intervals for school readiness evaluations for Kindergarteners and for literacy assessments up to 3 rd grade Provide more options to districts for PARCC tests, specifically paper instead of electronic administration
Academic Standards HB Revising CO Education Accountability Measures Rep. Everett / Sen. Marble Federal minimum testing requirements Repeal Colorado Academic Standards HB Repeal of Common Core State Standards Rep Klingenschmitt / Sens. None Repeals the existing academic standards for English language arts and mathematics and requires the State Board to adopt new academic standards in these subjects.
Educator Evaluation SB Educator Evaluations 50% Academic Growth (Sen. Merrifield, D / Rep. NONE) SB10-191, titled Concerning Educator Effectiveness, included a requirement that at least 50% of a teacher's or principal's performance 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.
Bills still to come… HB Standardized Assessments Task Force Recommendations Additional School Finance negotiations Student Data Privacy Additional Workforce Development Programs
Postponed Indefinitely (Killed)2015 K12 & HE Legislation Bill #TitleStatus HB Ages For Compulsory EducationHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (01/26/2015) HB General Fund Surplus Transfers For Education House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (01/21/2015) HB Prohibit Discrimination Labor Union Participation House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/04/2015) HB School Participation In Breakfast After The Bell House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely(02/02/2015) HB Protect Physical Privacy In Locker Rooms House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/04/2015) SB15-031Reciprocity To Practice Occupation Or Profession Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely(01/28/2015) SB15-033Increasing Funding For Public Pre- K-12 Education Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely(02/02/2015) SB15-054Free Or Reduced-cost Lunch Five Days All Schools Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely(01/27/2015) SB15-062Extend Restriction Tuition Increases Higher Ed Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (01/22/2015) SB15-068Higher Ed Lower Debt ActSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely(02/02/2015)
SB Colorado Talent Pipeline Report Outlines statewide industry needs and workforce preparation programs Annually required and presented to state legislature in January Collaboration between CDE, CDHE & CWDC
High School Credit-Bearing Apprenticeship Experiences in CO Representative Faith Winter (D) Work-based learning program considerations: Concurrent enrollment policies Federal DoL-recognized apprenticeship programs Student schedules and other time considerations Existing state models – OR, NY Multiple stakeholders with differing goals
2015 Workforce Development Legislative Caucus Bipartisan exploratory caucus without legislation authority Initiated by Sen. Nancy Todd (D) / Rep. Lois Landgraf (R) Supported by Sen. Vicki Marble (R) and Rep. Dan Pabon (D)
2015 CTE Day at the Capitol Wednesday February 18, 2015 7:30am – 5:00pm Lieutenant Governor and Governor Historic Capitol dome and chamber tour with an emphasis on historic reconstruction skills Denver Mint tour CO Workforce Development Council presentation EVENT REGISTERATION at
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