House Bill 1001 Rule Review Evaluation of Educator Effectiveness. Sponsored by Representative B. Gardner and Senator M. Johnston. This bill was recommended by the Committee on Legal Services. It provides for the continuation of State Board of Education rules, as adopted on November 9, 2011, which implement the statewide system to evaluate the effectiveness of licensed personnel in school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). State Fiscal Impact: None. Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1008 Government Agency and Public Input Proposed Agency Rules and Fees. Sponsored by Representative C. Acree and Senator C. Jahn. An executive branch agency of state government considering adopting rules shall establish a representative group of participants to participate in the rule-making hearing on the proposals under consideration. If an agency pruoposes a rule to increase fees or fines, the agency shall send written or electronic notification to each member of the general assembly notifying the members about the proposed rule or about the adoption of an emergency rule and specifying the amount of the increase in the fees or fines. State Fiscal Impact: State Expenditures - FY12-13: at least $11,491, FY13-14 at least $11,491. Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1009 Federal Funds Transparency Act. Sponsored by Representative C. Gerou and Senator K. Lambert. For all state agencies, except institutions of higher education, the bill requires that the following information be added to the annual report: 1) the purpose for which the moneys were used; 2) the precentage of federal moneys that the state agency used for administrative expenses; the total amount of all federal moneys received by the state agency; 3) the percentage of the state agency's total spending that was from federal moneys; 4) plans for operating the state agency if there is a reduction of either 5 percent or more, or 25 percent or more, of all federal moneys received by the state agency; and 5) a summary of any obligations imposed on the state as a result of accepting the federal moneys. As amended, institutions of higher education are exempt from providing the additional information that is added by the bill; however, current law reporting requirements regarding federal funds still apply to institutions of higher education. State Fiscal Impact: State Expenditures: FY12-13 $89,285, FY13-14 $85,993 / 1.2 FTE annually. Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1013 Interventions for Middle School Students. Sponsored by Representative C. Holbert and Senator K. King. HB-1013 was initiated by the Educational Success Task Force and it directs school districts to consider adopting procedures by which the public schools of the school district use available data to identify and provide intervention services to students in grades 6-9 who are exhibiting behaviors that indicate the students are at increased risk of dropping out of school. State Fiscal Impact: None. Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1029 Economic Stimulus Personal Property Tax Exemption. Sponsored by Representative C. Holbert and Senator M. Scheffel. HB-1029 changes the cap for staturoy business incentive agreements (BIAs) for counties, municipalities, and special districts. Under current law, each of these loval government entities has the authority to establish incentive payments or tax credits of up to 100 percent of a taxpayer's business personal property liability. State Fiscal Impact: To the extent that this bill reduces business property taxes, it will increase state income tax revenue as early as FY13-14. Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1043 Concurrent Enrollment for Early High School Graduates. Sponsored by Representative K. Conti and Senator K. King. When developing the ICAP, this bill requires that schools inform students and parents or guardians of the requirements for and benefits of concurrent enrollment. It encourages school districts to offer concurrent enrollment to sutdents who complete high school graduation requirements early. State Fiscal Impact: State Expenditure - No impact on total program funding. Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1059 Military Spouse Practice Occupation Profession. Sponsored by Representative M. Looper and Senator K. King. HB-1059 authorizes military spouses to practice in certain regulated professions or occupations for one year if the spouce is licensed, registered, or certified in good standing to practice in another state, and agrees to be governed by Colorado law. Real estate agents, engineers, surveyors, architects, physicians, physician assistants, optometrists, and people licensed to work with fireworks are specifically excluded from the bill. If the person who is practicing in Colorado wants to continue to practice after one year, he or she must apply for authority from the appropriate licensing agency. State Fiscal Impact: Within existing appropriations. Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1086 Rule Review Bill. Sponsored by B. Garnder and Senator J. Morse. HB-1086 repeals the State Board of Education Rules regarding notification of parents when a school employee has been arrested or charges have been brought for an offense. State Fiscal Impact: None. Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1090 No School Pupil Enrollment Counts on Holidays. Sponsored by Representative S. Pace and Senator L. Newell. In any year in which a day of a major religious holiday occurs upon October 1, or, in years in which October 1 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or other day on which school is not in session, or upon the Monday directly following October 1, the pupil enrollment count day is the first school day immediately following the conclusion of the holiday. State Fiscal Impact: None. Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1124 Colorado Digital Learning Study. Sponsored by Representative T. Massey and Senator M. Johnston. HB-1124 directs CDE to commission a study of the issues surrounding integration of digital learning into the statewide system of public education in Colorado. CDE will select a Colorado-based entity to complete the study and will fund the study by figts, grants, or donations. If CDE does not receive sufficient moneys to complete the study, it will not commission the study. The study will be complete and submitted to the State Board of Education, the Governor, and the Education Committees of the General Assembly by January 31, 2013. The bill was amended to include a definition of "supplemental online services." State Fiscal Impact: State Revenue: FY12-13 $25,000 / State Expenditures: FY12-13 $25,000. Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1139 Pretrial Detention of Children Tried as Adults. Sponsored by Representative C. Levy and Senator L. Guzman. HB-1139 prohibits a juvenile who is to be tried as an adult from being held in an adult jail or pretrial facility unless the district court, after a hearing, finds that an adult jail or pretrial facility is the appropriate place of confinement for the juvenile. The bill sets forth a list of factors, including appropriate educational opportunities, that the district court must consider in making its decisions. State Fiscal Impact: Minimal increase in State General Fund Expenditures. Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1146 Funding for Dropout Recovery Programs. Sponsored by Representative B. Nikkel and Senator A. Giron. This bill has been amended to authorize a community college to agree with a local education provider to create a dropout recovery program through which a student who has dropped out of high school or who is at risk of dropping out of high school can concurrently enroll in the community college and the local education provder to complete his or her high school graudation requirements. The dropout recovery program differs from the usual concurrent enrollment program with regard to the student's age, the number and type of course credits authorized, and funding. State Fiscal Impact: State Expenditures - General Fund appropriation to School Finance: FY13-14 at least $2,254,560. Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1169 Open Meetings and Secret Ballot Leadership Elections. Sponsored by Representative B. Gardner, and Senator J. Morse. HB-1169 prohibits a state or local public body from adopting any proposed policy, position, resolution, rule, or regulation or from taking formal action by secret ballot unless otherwise authorized in accordance with the provisions of the state open meetings law. It permits a state or local public body to elect the leadership of that same public body by secret ballot but requires the outcome of the vote to be recorded contemporaneously in the minutes of the body. The bill is not to be construed to affect the existing powers of a school board to use a secret ballot. State Fiscal Impact: None. Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1182 Supply Appropriations Department of Education. Sponsored by Representative C. Gerou and Senator M. Hodge. The funded pupil count and the number of at-risk students were higher than anticipated, resulting in the need for an additional $19.8 million increase in total program funding. State Fiscal Impact: State Transfers - State Education Fund FY11-12 $19.8M. Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1201 Mid-Year School Finance Adjustments. Sponsored by Representative C. Gerou and Senator P. Steadman. Local tax revenues available for school finance did not decline as much as projected and were $24.2 million higher than anticipated. The unanticipated local revenues exceed the requested increase in total program funding, the Department requested a $4.4 million decrease in the state share of districts' total program funding (specifically a decrease in the cash funds appropriation from the State Education Fund). In addition, the Department proposed a fund source adjustment, increasing the General Fund appropriation by $19.8 million and decreasing the cash funds appropriation from the State Education Fund by $19.8 million. State Fiscal Impact: State Expenditures - State Education Fund: FY11-12 ($4,380,662). Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1238 Ensuring K-3 Literacy Education. Sponsored by Representative M. Hammer and Senator M. Johnston. This bill repeals CBLA effective July 1, 2013. CO Read Act requires reading assessments be administered to students Spring of 2012-13 and READ plans for students identified as having a significant reading deficiency and funding in 13-14. Students whose disability directly impacts their reading skills will have IEPs in lieu of READ plans and be exempt from the written notice and retention conversation. Students whose limited English proficiency results in the identification of a significant reading deficiency are exempt from the written notice and retention conversation. Parents of students identified as having a significant reading deficiency, the teacher and the school personnel are required to meet and consider retetion as an intervention strategy. The bill requires a READ plan for every student identified as having a significant reading deficiency. It requires information to be provided initially and updated to parents about the nature of the students significant reading defficiency(ies) and details on intervention strategies. It requires written communication and a meeting with parents regarding the advancement of a student who has significant reading deficiencies moving into 4th grade. It provides between $700-$1,000 per SRD student for additional services such as targeted intervention services, tutoring, summer school literacy programs, or full-day kindergarten. State Fiscal Impact: State Transfers into Early Literacy Fund - Transfer from the Read-to-Achieve Cash Fund: FY12-13 ($906,806); Transfer from the Tobacco Master Settlement: FY12-13 ($4.5M), FY13-14 ($4.4M); Diversion of interest from the Public School Fund (permanent fund): FY13-14 ($16.0M)/ State Expenditures - Read to Achieve Cash Fund: FY12-13 ($5.4M), FY13-14 ($4.4M); Early Literacy Fund ó CDE: FY12-13 $1.1M, FY13-14 $1.0M; Early Literacy Fund ó grants to LEPs: FY12-13 $4.3M, FY13-14 $4.0M; Early Literacy Fund ó per pupil intervention moneys to LEPs: FY13-14 $16.0M/ FTE: FY12-13 9.8, FY13-14 8.0. Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1240 Statutory Changes to K-12 Education. Sponsored by Representative A. Kerr and Senator B. Bacon. HB-1240 allows the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to accept private donations from any source to implement teacher evaluation laws (SB 10-191). Maintains the requirement that school districts post collective bargaining agreements on their websites but removes the requirement that the State Board of Education (SBE) receive and make copies available. Requires that the Office of Legislative Legal Services (OLLS) inform the Educational Data Advisory Committee (EDAC) of any introduced legislation that creates a new data-reporting requirement on K-12 education. Stipulates that for charter schools that operate a full-day kindergarten program, the schools may include their supplemental kindergarten enrollment to calculate the school's negotiated funding under the charter contract. Extends the deadlines by which the State Board of Education must adopt high school graduation guidelines, the deadline by which CDE must include diploma endorsements as indicators of student performance, and the deadline to conduct a cost study of diploma endorsements. Modifies the criteria for awarding Schools of Excellence awards. Clarifies terms used in online education by defining a program with 100 or more students as an online school. Repeals the military dependent supplemental pupil enrollment aid program that has not been funded in recent years. Increases from 6 to 10 the number of charter school food authorities. Requires CDE to inform a local board of education if it approves a letter of intent on emergency services. Requires mandatory participation by CO in assessment consortium (formerly SB 12-172). State Fiscal Impact: Within existing appropriations. Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1261 Effective Educators in Low-Performing Schools. Sponsored by Representative J. Solano and Senator B. Bacon. HB-1261 requires that the Colorado Department of Education award a stipend of $4,800 to public school teachers or principals holding a certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards who are employed in low-performing, high-needs schools. A low-performing, high-needs school is defined as any school that is accredited with a priority improvement plan or a turnaround plan. State Fiscal Impact: State Expenditures - State Education Fund: FY12-13 at least $604,800, FY13-14 at least $4705,600. Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1276 Child Care Licensure Material Waivers. Sponsored by Representative C. Duran and Senator L. Newell. HB-1276 allows child care centers that are subject to child care licensure regulations, including centers that are already licensed, to apply to DHS for waivers to use certain materials in conjunction with the curricula. Centers are required to adopt policies concerning parental notification of possible safety risks of those materials and the training of instructors in the use of those materials. The State Board of Human Services is directed to promulgate rules concerning the criteria for denying waiver requests, as well as an appeals process for centers to utilize if their request waiver is denied. Whenever practicable, DHS shall use the same inspector for multiple visits to a center or a group of commonly owned centers seeking a waiver. DHS shall not post any negative licensing action related to a center's request for a waiver until the appeals process is final. State Fiscal Impact: Within Existing Appropriations. Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1335 2012-2013 Long Appropriations Bill. Sponsored by Representative C. Gerou and Senator M. Hodge. HB 1335 changes to FY 2011-2012 Appropriations: 1) Increases cash funds spending authority from the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Fund by $7.0 million for the purpose of making payments on lease-purchase agreements entered into by the State Treasurer pursuant to the Building Excellent Schools Today ("BEST") Program. FY 2012-2013 Appropriation: 1) Through the negative factor decreasese the appropriation of state funding in the Long Bill for the School Finance Act by $22.5 million, comprised of an increase of $132.2 million General Fund and a $145.7 million decrease in cash funds. Based on current law, this appropriation will maintain the current level of state and local funding for school districts, but will result in a $70 (1.1 percent) decrease in average per pupil funding due to prujected enrolmment increases. 2) Adds $8.7 million cash funds from the State Education Fund to increase state funding for categorical programs by 3.7 percent as required by Section 17 (1) of Article IX of the State Constitution. 3) Includes a total of $8.7 million and 20.5 FTE associated with the implementation of SB10-191 (Principal and Teacher Effectiveness). The appropriation includes: $424,390 General Fund and 3.0 FTE to support and reflect the ongoing operations of the Educator Effectiveness Unit within the Department; $6.4 million cash funds (to be spent over three years) and 5.0 FTE to support one-time implementation costs; and $1.8 million federal funds and 12.5 FTE to reflect, for informational purposes only, anticipated expenditures of federal Race to the Top grant funds in FY 2012-13. 4. Increases cash funds spending authority from the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Fund by $8.0 million for the purpose of making payments on lease-purchase agreements entered into by the State Treasurer pursuant to the Building Excellent Schools Today ("BEST") Program. 5. Adds $6.4 million cash funds to: (1) develop new statewide assessments for science and social studies that align with statewide academic standards; and (2) update the alternate assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities and the English language assessments to align with current statewide standards. The appropriation does not include funding for the development of new assessments in mathematics, English language arts, or reading in FY 2012-13. 6. Adds $851,275 cash funds to the Read-to-Achieve Grant Program based on anticipated tobacco settlement revenues. 7. Reduces the School Counselor Corps appropriation by $480,000 cash funds and reduces a variety of other programs to better reflect available funding. NOTE: this funding was restored in HB 12-1345 School Finance. 8. Adds a total of 15.3 FTE, including: ï An increase of 13.6 FTE that are included for informational purposes, including: an increase of 12.5 federally funded FTE associated with the implementation of S.B. 10-191 (Principal and Teacher Efectiveness) and 1.1 cash funded FTE, supported by the Educator Licensure Cash Fund, which is continuously appropriated to the Department in FY 2012-13, to reflect anticipated usage by the Office of Professional Services. ï An increase of 8.0 FTE to improve or enhance existing programs, including: reflecting 3.0 FTE associated with the ongoing operations of the Educator Effectiveness Unit (implementing S.B. 10-191) and 5.0 new FTE to conduct one-time implementation efforts for S.B. 10-191 over the next three years. Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1338 Transfer of General Fund Surplus to State Education Fund. Sponsored by Representative C. Gerou and Senator M. Hodge. For FY 2011-12, this bill anticipates a transfer of $136.9 million from the General Fund surplus to the State Education Fund in FY 2011-12. At a minimum, the bill will transfer $59.0 million. The additional transfer is dependent on the actual amount of General Fund revenue collected for FY 2011-12 that exceeds the March 2012 estimate of General Fund revenue prepared by OSPB. (Based on the March 2012 Legislative Council estimate, General Fund revenue will be $77.9 million more than OSPB's General Fund revenue forecast in March 2012.) FY 2012-13. Based on the March Legislative Council forecast and the JBC's package final budget package, any additional amount of the surplus not spent on other pieces of legislation will be transferred to the State Education Fund. State Fiscal Impact: Transfer - State Education Fund: FY11-12 $136.9M. Signed by the Governor.
House Bill 1345 Financing of Public Schools. Sponsored by Representative T. Massey and Senator B. Bacon. This bill stes total program funding for FY 2012-13 at $5.287B. This represents a 16.11% reduction from what funding levels would have been without the negative factor. It provides an additional $1.3M for BOCES regional services. It also restores $480K in cuts to the Counselor Corps Grant Program. It extends the statutory definition of "children with disabilities" to include persons 3-8 years of age who have been determined to experience developmental delays as defined by federal regulations. It includes funding for SB12-047 to provide for one-time administration of accuplacer to all Colorado high school students. It includes SB12-046 School Discipline. It also includes $2M in funding for the Early Literacy Assessment Tool formerly included in HB12-1238 K-3 Literacy. State Fiscal Impact: State Expenditures - General Fund: FY12-13 $57.2M / Cash Funds - State Education Fund: FY12-13 $2,779,120 / State Education Fund - Early Literacy Assessment: FY12-13 $6.1M, FY13-14 $7.8M / State Public School Fund: FY12-13 $3.8M. Signed by the Governor.