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2015 Legislation

January 7th marked the beginning of the 2015 legislative session. Below is a bill report outlining the status of each bill introduced during the second regular session of the 70th convention of the Colorado General Assembly. Highlighted cells indicate changes from the previous day's bill report.

January 29, 2015 Bill Report Legal Size 

January 29, 2015 Bill Report Letter Size  

January 29, 2015 Bill Report Excel Spreasheet

 

2014 Legislative Digest from Colorado Consulting 

 

Here are a few items of interest for this session of the General Assembly:

How a Colorado Bill Becomes a Law

Letter to GA from Superintendents

Summary of Student Success Act 

 

Here are some links to useful information regarding school finance:

Explanation of School Finance 

Timeline of School Finance and Recent Major Reforms 

PowerPoint Handouts Summarizing Past, Present, and Future School Finance Acts 

 

For more information, please visit the Colorado General Assembly's website or Education News' website.

Weekly News

A PDF copy of the Weekly News can be downloaded here.

 

K–12 Legislative Narrative

January 19–January 23, 2015

 

Weekly Overview

            The state legislature was again quiet this week in terms of K–12 education decisions. The Joint Budget Committee (JBC) worked through a multitude of supplemental funding decisions impacting fiscal year 2014–2015 appropriations. The JBC will begin deliberating fiscal year 2015–2016 allocations in February. Additionally, the House and Senate Education committees held informational meetings for new members, which included presentations from the State Land Board and the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).

            Both the Senate and House Education committees have long meeting calendars in the coming week. The House Education committee will take on the early childhood funding debates and are slated to vote on measures that provide funding for the Colorado Preschool Program and statewide full-day kindergarten slots. Additionally, the HB14-1202 Standards and Assessments Task Force will present their final recommendations to the Joint Education Committee on Wednesday, January 28.

 

JBC Decision – Adjusting the K–12 state funding for fiscal year 2014–2015

            On Thursday, January 28, the JBC voted to adjust fiscal year 2014–2015 total program funding for K–12 education based on actual funded pupil counts and the actual at-risk student counts. Total program funding will be reduced by $14,025,921 due to lower-than-anticipated actual pupil counts. The legislature will retain the total program funding at the originally appropriated level, and as a result of the adjustment, the negative factor will be reduced by $14,025,921.

 

Additional district-specific information on the fiscal year 2014–2015 supplemental request can be found at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdefinance/schoolfinancefundingfy2014-15

 

Committee Hearings

 

HB15-1058 General Fund Surplus Transfers for Education (Rep. John Becker)

            On Wednesday, January 21, the House Finance Committee voted 6-5 to postpone indefinitely HB15-1058. The bill would have put 70 percent of the state general fund revenues that come in above actual allocations towards K–12 education and the other 30 percent towards a higher education fund. These excess general fund revenue transfers would have occurred until the negative factor was completely restored. House Finance Committee Democrats voted to kill the measure, stating the proposal was too early in the session to determine these school finance issues and committee Republicans voted in favor of the bill. 

 

Upcoming Legislative Hearing Schedule

January 26–30, 2015

 

-          Monday, January 26

o   House Education, 1:30 p.m., Old Supreme Court Chambers

§  HB15-1020 (Rep. Wilson) - Funding for Full-Day Kindergarten

§  HB15-1024 (Rep. Pettersen) - Increasing Number of CO Preschool

Program Students

§  HB15-1001 (Reps. Pettersen and Garnett) - Early Childhood Educator

Development Scholarships

§  HB15-1053 (Rep. Ransom) - Ages for Compulsory Education

o   Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs, 1:30 p.m., SCR353

§  SB15-094 (Sen. Kefalas) - Employment of Community College Faculty

-          Tuesday, January 27

o   Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs, Upon Adjournment, SCR353

§  SB15-054 (Sen. Donovan) - Free or Reduced-Cost Lunch Five Days All Schools

-          Wednesday, January 28

o   Joint Meeting of House and Senate Education committees, Upon Adjournment, State Capitol Room 271

§  HB14-1202 Standards and Assessment Task Force: Report and Recommendations

o   House Finance, 1:30 p.m, LSB-A

§  HB15-1109 (Rep. DelGrosso) - Additional SB09-228 Transfers To HUTF and Capital Construction

-          Thursday, January 29

o   House Finance, Upon Adjournment, LSB-A

§  HB15-1079 (Reps. Coram and Danielson) - Teen Pregnancy Dropout Prevention Program Funding

§  HB15-1104 (Rep. Navarro) - Educator Expenses State Income Tax Deduction

o   Senate Education, SCR356, 1:30 p.m.  

§  SB15-020 (Sen. Newell) - Education to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Assault

§  SB15-045 (Sen. Lundberg) - Tax Credits for Nonpublic Education

§  SB15-050 (Sen. Heath) - Awarding CO's Excellent Scholars Program

 

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