Bill # Calendar NotificationShort TitleSponsorsMost Recent StatusFiscal NotePositionSummaryComments
HB13-1005NOT ON CALENDARBasic Ed & Career & Tech Ed Pilot Program FIELDS 05/28/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 This bill from the Educational Success Task Force. The bill directs the state community college board to implement a pilot program of 20 career and technical education certificate programs that combine basic education in literacy and math with career and technical education. Each certificate program must be designed to allow an eligible adult to complete the program within 12 months, and each course in a certificate program must combine literacy and math literacy with career and technical skills. The certificate programs will be available on a pilot basis to underemployed or unemployed adults who have insufficient levels of literacy or math skills. Rec Monitor 
HB13-1006NOT ON CALENDARK-12 Breakfast After The Bell Nutrition Program MORENO / GIRON 05/16/2013 Governor action - signed

Fiscal Note 

 The bill creates the "Breakfast After the Bell Nutrition Program," which requires every school with 70 percent or more students eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch to offer a free breakfast to each student in the school. Individual schools may select a method and time to offer the breakfast, so long as it occurs after the first bell of the school day. Exemptions are made for small schools and school districts and for public and charter schools that do not currently participate in the federal school lunch program. Rec Monitor 
HB13-1021NOT ON CALENDARImproving School Attendance FIELDS / HUDAK 05/28/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 The bill requires each school district to monitor student attendance and to identify each student who is chronically absent (10 percent or more of the school year), each student who has a significant number of unexcused absences; and each student who is habitually truant (four unexcused absences in one month or 10 unexcused absences in a school year). If a student is chronically absent, the school district must implement best practices and research-based strategies to improve the student's attendance. If a student is habitually truant, the school district shall contact the local collaborative management group, juvenile support services group or other local community services group to coordinate the creation of a multidisciplinary plan to improve the student's school attendance. A school district shall initiate court proceedings to enforce school attendance requirements but only if implementation of the student's multidisciplinary plan is unsuccessful. Under current law, the court may sentence the student to detention if the student does not comply with the valid court order. The bill limits the term of detention to no more than five days. Under current law, a person who is 17 years of age or older may take the GED. Under the bill, a student who is 16 years of age and who is under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court may take the GED if the judicial officer or administrative hearing officer finds it is in the student's best interest to do so. The bill clarifies that a school district that is required to provide educational services to a juvenile detention facility shall provide the services for a number of hours that is comparable to the compulsory school attendance requirements and shall provide educational services that align with, and are designed to enable the juveniles to meet, the state model content standards. Rec Monitor 
HB13-1023NOT ON CALENDARAcademic Acceleration School District Policy MURRAY 03/22/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 This bill from Educational Success Task Force bill requires each school district and institute charter school to adopt a policy concerning academic acceleration for students and suggests provisions for such policies.  
HB13-1047NOT ON CALENDARExtracurricular Participation Across Sch Districts SCHAFER / TODD 04/26/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 Under current law, if a student's school does not offer an activity in which the student wishes to participate, the student may participate in the activity at another public school in the student's district of attendance or the student's district of residence. If the activity is not offered at any school in the district of attendance or the district of residence, the student may participate in the activity at a school in a neighboring district or at the nearest school that has the facilities for and offers the activity. The bill clarifies that officials in the district where a student wants to participate will choose the school.  
HB13-1056NOT ON CALENDARAdvanced Placement Incentives Pilot Program WILSON 05/03/2013 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note 

 The bill creates the Advanced Placement incentives pilot program. If a rural school district has 3,000 or fewer K-12 students, a school within that rural school district is eligible to participate in the pilot. Participating schools, as well as the teachers or mentors for online classes, are eligible to receive bonuses through the pilot program for successful completion of AP classes and passage of exams. Additional bonuses are available if the passing student is eligible for the federal student lunch program. The pilot program is repealed after four years. Rec Monitor 
HB13-1073NOT ON CALENDARPortability Of Nonprobationary Teacher Status LANDGRAF 01/28/2013 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note 

 Under current law, if a teacher who has nonprobationary status in one school district applies to teach in another school district and the teacher can show two years of positive effectiveness ratings on his or her performance evaluations, the new school district can hire the teacher only if it gives him or her nonprobationary status. The bill allows the teacher to waive this requirement so that the new school district can hire the teacher and give him or her probationary status.  
HB13-1081NOT ON CALENDARComprehensive Human Sexuality K-12 Education DURAN / TODD 05/28/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

Oppose The bill moves and adds language to the content standards for the instruction of comprehensive human sexuality education. The bill creates the comprehensive human sexuality education grant program (program) in the department of public health and environment (department). An oversight entity will assess available funding opportunities and work with appropriate state departments to apply for federal and state grant moneys to fund the program. Once the program is funded, the oversight entity and the department shall work together to notify school districts, boards of cooperative services, and the state charter school institute of the program. The oversight entity will develop criteria for grant applications and for determining who will receive grant moneys and for how long. The oversight entity shall review all of the grant applications and make recommendations to the department concerning the awarding of grants through the program. The moneys distributed through the program must only be used for the purpose of providing comprehensive human sexuality education programs that are evidence-based, culturally sensitive, medically accurate, age-appropriate, reflective of positive youth development approaches, and that comply with statutory content standards. The state board of health shall promulgate rules for the implementation of the program. Schools that receive funding for local comprehensive health education programs are required to implement an opt-out policy rather than an opt-in policy for comprehensive health and sexuality education programs.  
HB13-1089NOT ON CALENDARAcademic Freedom Acts HUMPHREY / RENFROE 02/04/2013 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note 

 The bill creates an "Academic Freedom Act" for both K-12 public schools and institutions of higher education in the state of Colorado. The provisions of the acts direct teachers to create an environment that encourages students to intelligently and respectfully explore scientific questions and learn about scientific evidence related to biological and chemical evolution, global warming and human cloning. The acts direct that the Department of Education and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education notify all school districts and institutions of higher education of the provisions of their respective act by the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year and that the school districts and institutions of higher education shall disseminate that information to their employees.  
HB13-1094NOT ON CALENDARTax Credit For School-related Expenditures DORE 02/06/2013 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note 

 The bill creates an income tax credit for income tax years commencing on or after Jan. 1, 2013, that allows a taxpayer who is the parent or guardian of a dependent child to claim a credit for costs incurred for school fees or school supplies in that income tax year. The amount of the credit allowed is 25 percent of the total expenditure for school fees or school supplies or $500, whichever is less.  
HB13-1095NOT ON CALENDARHome School Students Participation In Activities STEPHENS / MARBLE 04/26/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 Under the bill, a school district, a public school, or an interscholastic organization cannot require a student who is enrolled in a nonpublic home-based educational program to enroll in or complete course credits as a condition of participating in an extracurricular activity, unless the activity is an extension of a course. The bill clarifies that the statute that governs a student's ability to enroll in a program or school other than the student's neighborhood school does not apply to student participation in extracurricular activities at a public school.  
HB13-1106NOT ON CALENDARProhibit Discrimination Labor Union Participation EVERETT 02/11/2013 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note 

 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.  
HB13-1165NOT ON CALENDARCreation Of A Manufacturing Career Pathway WILSON 05/28/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 The bill requires the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education in conjunction with other state agencies to design a manufacturing career pathway for the skills needed for employment in Colorado's manufacturing sector. The manufacturing career pathway shall connect school districts, community colleges, and four-year institutions of higher education with adult education programs and local workforce development programs and allow a student to earn income while progressing along the career pathway. Rec Monitor 
HB13-1170NOT ON CALENDARPolicies Allowing Concealed Carry In Public School HUMPHREY / HILL 02/19/2013 House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note 

 The bill authorizes a school district board of education and the governing board of a charter school to adopt a written policy to allow an employee of the school district or charter school to carry a concealed handgun on school grounds if the person holds a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun. This is a clone of Senate Bill 13-009, killed by a Senate committee on Jan. 28.  
HB13-1171NOT ON CALENDAREmergency Use Of Epinephrine Injectors In Schools PRIMAVERA / TODD 05/28/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 This bill would allow schools and school districts to adopt policies for use of epinephrine Injectors and acquire the devices. The State Board of Education would be required to adopt regulations governing such district policies. Rec Monitor 
HB13-1172NOT ON CALENDARK-12 Public School Accountability PRIOLA / RENFROE 03/06/2013 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note 

 The bill authorizes the parents of students enrolled in a public school that has operated under a priority improvement or turnaround plan for at least two consecutive years to submit a petition to the State Board of Education requesting the state board to direct the local school board or the Charter School Institute to select an action to reform the public school immediately. The petition must be signed by at least 60 percent of the families of students enrolled in the public school if the school has been on a turnaround or priority improvement plan for two years and by more than 50 percent of the families of the students enrolled in the public school if the public school has been on a turnaround or priority improvement plan for more than two years. If the state board receives a petition, it must place consideration of the request on the agenda of the next regularly scheduled meeting. The state board may choose to deny the petition, direct an action to take effect in the next school year or reconsider the petition in the next school year. The bill changes the accreditation categories for school districts and the institute from "accredited with distinction", "accredited", "accredited with improvement plan", "accredited with priority improvement plan", and "accredited with turnaround plan" to "A", "B", "C", D", and "F". Accreditation categories for individual schools also would be changed to letter grades. A public school that has an "A" accreditation must adopt a plan that was previously labeled a "performance plan"; a public school that has a "B" or "C" accreditation must adopt a plan that was previously labeled an "improvement plan"; a public school that has a "D" accreditation must adopt a plan that was previously labeled a "priority improvement plan"; and a public school that has an "F" accreditation must adopt a plan that was previously labeled a "turnaround plan".  
HB13-1176NOT ON CALENDARIncome Tax Credits For Nonpublic Education SAINE / MARBLE 02/18/2013 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note 

   
HB13-1211NOT ON CALENDAREnglish Language Proficiency Programs BUCKNER 05/03/2013 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note 

 The bill repeals and reenacts the existing English Language Proficiency Act (ELPA). Under the existing ELPA, funding for a student with limited English proficiency is limited to two years, and funds are allocated to school districts, the state charter school institute, and facility schools based on students' levels of English proficiency. The new ELPA uses the term "English language learner" (ELL) rather than "student with limited English proficiency" and uses the term "local education provider", which includes a school district, the state charter school institute, or a facility school. Under the new ELPA, the time for funding expands to seven years, and each ELL is funded at the same level. The funding allocation is based on certification of the number of ELLs that a local education provider enrolls. The bill also sets requirements for ELL programs, accountability and reporting. Rec Monitor 
HB13-1219NOT ON CALENDARStatutory Changes To K-12 Education HAMNER / TODD 04/04/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 The bill makes several changes to existing statute concerning K-12 education, including: * Directing the commissioner of education to establish and maintain an educator identifier system and to review the content of educator preparation programs, including the preparation of an annual report on the effectiveness of those programs; * Authorizing the department of education (department) to collect data from school districts related to student-level course completion; * Changing the student assessment statute to reflect the state's new summative assessment system as adopted by the general assembly in 2012; * Removing obsolete reporting requirements for the accelerating students through concurrent enrollment (ASCENT) program; * Changing the name of the literacy instruction authorization to an adult basic education authorization; * Extending continuous spending authority of the state's licensure system by one year to allow for continued refinements of the system; and * Limiting the reporting and notice mandate on the department to rules that create a new mandate or an increase in the level of service for an existing state mandate. CDE Clean Up Bill 
HB13-1220NOT ON CALENDARConfidentiality K-12 Educator Performance Data SALAZAR 05/03/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 The bill clarifies that a school district or board of cooperative services may collect information concerning an individual educator's performance evaluation ratings and student assessments results linked to the educator for use in fulfilling duties required by law, including reporting of such information in the aggregate. Any information collected concerning an individual educator must remain confidential and may not be published in any way that would identify the individual educator. The department of education and state board of education may also collect data for bona fide research, so long as the data is collected per established protocol and is used in a manner that protects the identity of the educator. The bill clarifies that evaluation reports and information are available when reviewing certain appeals.  
HB13-1244NOT ON CALENDARContinuation Of Ed Success Task Force FIELDS 04/26/2013 Senate Committee on Legislative Council Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note 

 The bill extends the educational success task force (task force), which is currently scheduled to repeal July 1, 2013. In extending the task force, the bill removes the legislative members from the task force and places them in a separate educational success legislative committee that will oversee the work of the task force, which is made up of experts in a variety of educational areas. The legislative committee must meet at least 4 times per year with the task force. The legislative council staff and the office of legislative legal services will continue to provide staff support for the legislative committee, but not for the task force. The bill removes the task force from the department of education where it is currently housed. The department of education and the department of higher education will continue to provide staff services for the task force to the extent possible within available appropriations. The bill expands the issues that the task force must consider to include best practices and strategies to increase the number of students who graduate from high school, who demonstrate postsecondary and workforce readiness, and who successfully enroll in a postsecondary credential or degree program. The legislative committee and the task force will repeal July 1, 2018 Rec Monitor 
HB13-1257NOT ON CALENDARDeveloping Local-level Educator Evaluation Systems HAMNER / TODD 05/18/2013 Governor action - signed

Fiscal Note 

 If a local board of education or board of cooperative services develops its own distinctive personnel evaluation system for educators that meets or exceeds the requirements established by statute and the state board of education, the local board of education or board of cooperative services must do so in conjunction with the superintendent and any teachers' association that has a master employment contract or that demonstrates support from a majority of teachers in the school district or districts of the board of cooperative services. Rec Monitor 
HB13-1274NOT ON CALENDARState Bd Of Land Commissioners Real Prop Inv HULLINGHORST / KERR 06/05/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

   
HB13-1299 Wednesday, May 8 2013
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(1) in senate calendar.  
Changes To The SMART Government Act Of 2010 FERRANDINO / STEADMAN 06/05/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 The bill repeals and reenacts the "State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act" of 2010 with amendments. The bill creates seven standing interim committees, with the intention of eliminating specialized interim committees in the future. The standing education interim committee would responsible for issues and policies related to preschool through postsecondary education, including basic adult education  
HB13-1313NOT ON CALENDARLocal Public Bodies & Executive Session PENISTON / HODGE 04/24/2013 House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note 

 Imposes various record-keeping requirements on elected local government bodies when they hold executive sessions.  
SB13-002NOT ON CALENDARDesignate BOCES As Local Education Agencies HUDAK / HAMNER 03/22/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

Support The bill allows boards of cooperative services (BOCES) to act as local education agencies for the purposes of federal law, including for the receipt of federal grants.  
SB13-006NOT ON CALENDARNo Reduction In K-12 Education To Expand Medicaid. BALMER 01/31/2013 Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note 

 For the 2014-15 budget year, and each budget year thereafter, the bill prohibits the General Assembly from expending state moneys to participate in the federal "Affordable Care Act" if the effect of those expenditures is to decrease funding for Colorado's public schools by reducing the state's share of total program funding for school districts and institute charter schools, or by failing to compensate for a reduction in local school funding.  
SB13-009NOT ON CALENDARSchool Board Policies Allowing Concealed Carry RENFROE / SAINE 01/28/2013 Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note 

 The bill authorizes a school district board of education and the governing board of a charter school to adopt a written policy to allow an employee of the school district or charter school to carry a concealed handgun on school grounds if the person holds a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun.  
SB13-015NOT ON CALENDARLocal Board Of Ed Meeting Electronic Participation ROBERTS / HAMNER 03/22/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 The bill allows a school district board of education to adopt a policy that authorizes members to participate electronically in board meetings. But a member who is participating electronically cannot participate in an executive session of the board.  
SB13-017NOT ON CALENDAROpt-In Opt-Out Option Teacher's Union Membership MARBLE 02/07/2013 Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note 

 The bill allows a public school educator to opt in or opt out of his or her membership in a labor organization at any  
SB13-023NOT ON CALENDARIncrease Damages Caps Under CGIA CADMAN 04/19/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

   
SB13-024NOT ON CALENDARProhibit Discrimination Labor Union Participation HILL 01/23/2013 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note 

 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. The bill would apply to public employers such as school districts and state colleges.  
SB13-031NOT ON CALENDARTuition For Dropout Recovery Program Students GIRON / PETTERSEN 03/15/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 The bill clarifies that a local education provider that operates a dropout recovery program must pay the student share of the tuition for each postsecondary course in which a student enrolls while participating in the program, not just for those courses that the student completes.  
SB13-033NOT ON CALENDARIn-state Classification CO High School Completion GIRON / DURAN 04/29/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 The ASSET bill. The measure requires an institution of higher education to classify a student as an in-state student for tuition purposes if the student attends a public or private high school in Colorado for at least three years immediately preceding graduation or completion of a GED in Colorado and is admitted to a Colorado institution or attends an institution under a reciprocity agreement. In addition to those requirements, a student who does not have lawful immigration status must submit an affidavit stating that the student has applied for lawful presence or will apply as soon as he or she is able to do so. These students shall not be counted as resident students for any other purpose, but are eligible for the College Opportunity Fund stipends and may be eligible for institutional or other financial aid. The bill exempts persons receiving educational services or benefits from institutions of higher education from providing any required documentation of lawful presence in the United States.  
SB13-053NOT ON CALENDARExchange Of Student Data K-12 And Postsecondary KERR / HAMNER 04/08/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

Support The bill establishes a procedure between the Department of Education and the Department of Higher Education that allows for the transfer of available student data relevant to the transition from high school to the postsecondary system.  
SB13-069NOT ON CALENDARIncome Tax Credits For Nonpublic Education MARBLE / HOLBERT 02/14/2013 Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note 

 The bill establishes a private school tuition income tax credit starting on or after Jan. 1, 2014, that allows any taxpayer to claim a credit when a private school issues the taxpayer a credit certificate for enrolling a dependent qualified child in the private school or for offering a scholarship to a qualified child for enrollment in the private school. The bill also establishes an income tax credit starting on or after Jan. 1, 2014, that allows any taxpayer who decides to home-school a qualified child to claim an income tax credit:  
SB13-071NOT ON CALENDARStudent ID Number For Adult Education Programs HUDAK / FIELDS 04/19/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 Educational Success Task Force. The bill requires the commissioner of education to assign a unique student identifier for each person enrolled in an adult basic education program or high school equivalency certificate (GED) program, if the person has not previously been assigned a state-assigned student identifier in Colorado. The department shall retain records of the state-assigned student identifiers for persons enrolled in adult basic education programs or GED programs.  
SB13-112NOT ON CALENDARCap 2012-13 School Land Revenues Transfers STEADMAN / GEROU 03/22/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 The bill caps the 2012-13 fiscal year transfer of interest and income earned on the public school fund at $20 million and ensures that, for the 2012-13 state fiscal year, after the transfer for purposes of the "Building Excellent Schools Today Act" (BEST) program, the remaining interest and income earned on the investment of moneys in the permanent school fund remain in the fund and become part of the principal of the fund. The 2012-13 state fiscal year transfer from royalties and other payments for the depletion or extraction of a natural resource on public school lands is capped at $27 million, and a portion of the royalties and other payments for the depletion or extraction of a natural resource on the lands are ensured to be deposited into the permanent school fund to become part of the principal of the fund for the 2012-13 state fiscal year, after transfers to specific state land board funds and the BEST program.  
SB13-131NOT ON CALENDARTax Credit For Suppl Ed Serv Provided To Child HILL 02/14/2013 Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note 

 The bill creates a state income tax credit that allows a taxpayer who is the parent or guardian of a dependent child and who incurs costs for providing a supplemental education service to claim an income tax credit for the costs incurred in providing that service. The amount of the credit allowed is the cost of the service or $500, whichever is less.  
SB13-138NOT ON CALENDARSchool Resource Officer Programs In Public Schools KING 05/23/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 The bill defines "school resource officer" and "community partners" and expressly includes school resource officers as community partners for the purposes of school safety, readiness, and incident management. The school safety resource center is required to contract the services of a full-time grant writer and to create and provide templates and guidance to school districts and schools seeking school safety funding. The school safety resource center is also required to provide suggestions concerning training for school resource officers. The school safety resource center advisory board is increased from 13 to 14 members to reflect the addition of a school resource officer. Rec Monitor 
SB13-139NOT ON CALENDARSupplemental On-line Education Services ROBERTS / CORAM 04/19/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 This bill makes changes in the provision of online classes by boards of cooperative education services.  
SB13-141NOT ON CALENDARSchool Employee Participation In Labor Unions HILL 02/07/2013 Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note 

 The bill allows a public school employee to request that his or her employer deduct dues for the benefit of a labor organization from the employee's wages. An employer is required to commence or cease making the deductions within 30 days after receiving a written request from an employee requesting the commencement or cessation of the deductions. A labor organization that receives dues from an employee's wages is required to make an annual financial disclosure to the employee. An employee may join or terminate membership with a labor organization at any time.  
SB13-143NOT ON CALENDARInstitute Charter School Assistance Fund GRANTHAM / PENISTON 03/22/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 This bill would make changes in how the Charter School Institute's assistance fund is funded and managed.  
SB13-164NOT ON CALENDARRepeal Residency Requirements For School Boards BROPHY 05/08/2013 Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note 

 Current law requires candidates for school board membership to have been a registered elector of the district for 12 consecutive months prior to election. The bill repeals the requirement that the candidate be a registered elector of the district.  
SB13-193NOT ON CALENDARIncreasing Parent Engagement In Public Schools HUDAK / KRAFT-THARP 05/28/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 The bill requires the school accountability committees to hold public meetings to solicit input concerning the contents of school priority improvement plans and school turnaround plans before the plans are written. In addition, district accountability committees and school accountability committees must work to increase parent engagement in the public schools by publicizing openings on district and school accountability committees, soliciting parents to serve on the district and school accountability committees and assisting school personnel in communications with parents. A public school that must adopt a priority improvement plan or turnaround plan must include in the plan strategies for increasing parent engagement in the school. The existing State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education, in addition to its other duties, will also work with the district and school accountability committees to increase parent engagement. The council must also work with the Department of Education to provide training to the district and school accountability committees in leadership and in increasing parent engagement. The council must also work with the department to provide training for school personnel concerning working with parents. The council will identify key indicators of parent engagement in elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools, and use the indicators to create metrics to measure and monitor the level of parent engagement and the progress made in increasing parent engagement. The council will annually report its findings concerning parent engagement to the State Board of Education, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and the legislative education committees. Under current law, a school district board of education may adopt a policy for parent engagement in the district. The bill requires each board of education to adopt a parent engagement policy and requires each board to work with the district accountability committee in creating the policy. The policy may include training for personnel concerning working with parents. Each school district and the state Charter School Institute shall identify, and submit to the department the name of, an employee who is responsible for parent engagement with the public schools of the district or the institute charter schools and for working with the district and school accountability committees. Under current law, a school district or the institute must hold a public hearing before adopting a school improvement plan, priority improvement plan, or turnaround plan. Under the bill, a school district or the institute does not have to hold a public hearing before adopting a school improvement plan. The institute must hold the public hearing on a priority improvement plan or turnaround plan within the boundaries of the school district in which the institute charter school is located. Rec Monitor 
SB13-213NOT ON CALENDARFuture School Finance Act JOHNSTON / HAMNER 05/21/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 The bill creates a new school finance act, implementation of which is conditional upon passage of a statewide ballot measure to increase state revenues for funding public education.  
SB13-214NOT ON CALENDARBEST Program Oversight & Funding SCHWARTZ / FISCHER 06/05/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 Capital Development Committee. The bill grants the capital development committee limited oversight over the building excellent schools today (BEST) program by: * Allowing the committee to review and approve or, if the committee concludes that the public school capital construction assistance board (board) misinterpreted the results of the BEST prioritization assessment or misapplied BEST prioritization criteria, disapprove a revised prioritized list of projects recommended by the board and the state board of education for BEST funding that involves lease-purchase agreements. If the committee disapproves the list, the board may resubmit the list, with modifications or additional information, or both, that address the committee's concerns, and the committee may approve or, if the committee again concludes that the board misinterpreted the results of the BEST prioritization assessment or misapplied BEST prioritization criteria, disapprove the resubmitted list. * Requiring the board, which currently reports annually to the education and finance committees of both houses of the general assembly, to also report annually to the capital development committee and to include in its reporting, to the extent feasible, an estimate of the amount of BEST revenues for the current and next fiscal year and BEST funding to be provided during the next fiscal year. The bill also requires the board, in determining the amount of financial assistance that it provides and in so doing managing the balance of the public school capital construction assistance fund (assistance fund), to ensure that, effective June 30, 2013, and effective each June 30 thereafter, the balance of the assistance fund is at least equal to the total amount of payments to be made by the state, less the amount of any school district matching moneys and federal moneys to be received for the purpose of making the payments, during the next fiscal year under the terms of any BEST lease-purchase agreements. Rec Monitor 
SB13-217NOT ON CALENDARK-12 Accreditation Criteria Alternative Ed Campus HUDAK / PETTERSEN 05/28/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

Support The bill authorizes the state board of education to consider the unique circumstances and challenges posed by students enrolled in alternative education campuses when establishing the criteria applied in determining the appropriate accreditation category for each school district and the state charter school institute.  
SB13-260NOT ON CALENDARFinancing Of Public Schools HUDAK / HAMNER 05/18/2013 Governor action - signed

Fiscal Note 

 Annual school finance act  
SB13-279NOT ON CALENDARK-12 School Energy Resource Efficiency KERR / GEROU 06/05/2013 Governor Action - Signed

Fiscal Note 

 After January 1, 2014, each school district and district charter school shall ensure that each project for a new or substantially renovated building or structure is designed and constructed to the highest energy efficiency standards practicable, including but not limited to the federal energy star label or the highest performance certification attainable as certified by an independent third party pursuant to the public school facility construction guidelines adopted by the public school capital construction assistance board. A school that meets the construction or design high performance standards is encouraged to incorporate the measures adopted or standards met into its curriculum.