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S_ED_2018A 04/19/2018 01:29:36 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
Date 04/19/2018
Attendance
Gardner X
Merrifield X
Neville T. X
Todd X
Zenzinger *
Priola *
Hill X
Time 01:29:36 PM to 04:56:01 PM
Place SCR 352
This Meeting was called to order by Hill
This Report was prepared by Rachel Kurtz-Phelan
Hearing Items Action Taken
Presentation on project-based teaching Committee Discussion Only
Conf 18-Colorado School For The Deaf And The Blind Board Of Trustees Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 18-Student Leaders Institute Executive Board — Colorado Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
HB18-1355 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB18-1252 Referred to the Committee of the Whole

Presentation on project-based teaching - Committee Discussion Only


01:30:36 PM  
Senator Hill invited the presenters from
Penrose Elementary in Colorado Springs School District 11, Gretchen Bitner
and Tamara Sobin, to come to the table.  They distributed several
handouts to the committee [Attachments A, B, and C].  Ms. Sobin provided
background information about the school and explained the school's decision
to implement a project-based learning model, which is an inquiry-based,
hands-on approach to learning.  
01:36:26 PM  

Ms. Bitner discussed several of the specific projects that students have worked on and explained the relationship between project-based learning and standards and assessments.  She talked about the positive impact the new teaching and learning style has had on the school's students.  The presenters answered questions from the committee.



Conf 18-Colorado School For The Deaf And The Blind Board Of Trustees - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:49:15 PM  

Senator Priola took over as committee chair.  He invited Carol Hilty, Superintendent of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), to come to the table to introduce the appointee to the CSDB Board of Trustees, Teresa Raiford.  A copy of the Governor's appointment letter can be found as Attachment D.  Ms. Raiford spoke about her background and about why she would like to be appointed to the board.  She answered questions from the committee.



01:59:19 PM
Motion Refer the appointment of Teresa Raiford to the Colorado School For The Deaf And The Blind Board Of Trustees to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Priola
Seconded
Gardner Yes
Merrifield Yes
Neville T. Yes
Todd Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Priola Yes
Hill Excused
Final YES: 6   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 18-Student Leaders Institute Executive Board — Colorado - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:59:25 PM  
Senator Priola invited the reappointees
to the Colorado Student Leaders Institute (COSLI) Executive Board to the
table.  Celeste Archer, Executive Director of COSLI, provided background
information about the program and introduced the reappointees to the board:
Jason Hanson and Christena Faraci.  Copies of the Governor's appointment
letter can be found as Attachment E.  Ms. Faraci and Mr. Hanson introduced
themselves to the committee and spoke about their prior service on the
board.  Several student members of COSLI introduced themselves and
spoke about their experiences with the program.
02:10:05 PM  

The students continued to discuss their experiences participating in COSLI. Committee discussed ensued.



02:14:42 PM
Motion Refer the reappointments of Jason Hanson and Christena Faraci to the Colorado Student Leaders Institute Executive Board to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Priola
Seconded
Gardner Yes
Merrifield Yes
Neville T. Excused
Todd Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Priola Yes
Hill Excused
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB18-1355 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

02:15:08 PM  
The committee took a brief recess.
02:23:52 PM  
The committee came back to order.  Senators
Gardner and Moreno, co-sponsors, presented House Bill 18-1355 which concerns
changes to the accountability system for the elementary and secondary public
education system to strengthen the accountability system for the benefit
of students.  Senator Todd distributed amendments L.007 and L.008
[Attachments F and G].
02:27:56 PM  
The co-sponsors provided opening comments
on the bill.
02:32:57 PM  
The co-sponsors distributed amendments L.006 and L.009 [Attachments H and I] and explained them to the committee.
02:36:10 PM  
Alyssa Pearson, Associate Commissioner for Accountability, Performance, and Support for the Colorado Department of Education, spoke in support of the bill. Ms. Pearson answered questions from the committee.
02:49:30 PM  
Ms. Pearson continued to answer questions from the committee.
03:06:50 PM  
Ms. Pearson continued to answer questions from the committee.
03:10:46 PM  
Rico Munn, Superintendent of Aurora Public
Schools, spoke in support of the bill if amended.
03:24:39 PM  
Superintendent Munn answered questions from the committee.
03:31:42 PM  
The preceding two witnesses continued to answer questions from the committee. Committee discussed ensued.
03:51:45 PM  
The committee continued to discuss the bill. Two handouts were distributed to the committee [Attachments J and K].
04:00:38 PM  

There were no more witnesses so Senator Hill closed public testimony.  The committee discussed amendments L.006, L.007, L.008, and L.009 (Attachments F through I).



04:06:34 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.006
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Gardner
Merrifield
Neville T.
Todd
Zenzinger
Priola
Hill
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:06:58 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.009
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Gardner
Merrifield
Neville T.
Todd
Zenzinger
Priola
Hill
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:11:29 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.008
Moved Todd
Seconded
Gardner No
Merrifield Yes
Neville T. No
Todd Yes
Zenzinger No
Priola No
Hill No
YES: 2   NO: 5   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


04:19:31 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.007
Moved Todd
Seconded
Gardner No
Merrifield Yes
Neville T. No
Todd Yes
Zenzinger No
Priola No
Hill No
YES: 2   NO: 5   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
04:19:46 PM  
The committee members gave closing comments on the bill.


04:28:39 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1355, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Gardner Yes
Merrifield No
Neville T. Yes
Todd Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Priola Yes
Hill Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB18-1252 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


04:28:48 PM  
Senator Priola, sponsor, presented and summarized House Bill 18-1252 concerning the unlawful sale of academic assignments.
04:31:41 PM  
Greg Clifton, representing Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver), spoke in support of the bill. A handout was distributed to the committee [Attachment L]. Mr. Clifton answered questions from the committee.
04:44:55 PM  
Kristina Kesselring, representing herself as a student at MSU Denver, spoke in support of the bill.
04:49:14 PM  
The preceding two witnesses answered questions from the committee. Committee discussion ensued.
04:54:54 PM  
There were no more witnesses so Senator Hill closed public testimony.


04:55:52 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1252 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Priola
Seconded
Gardner Yes
Merrifield Yes
Neville T. No
Todd Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Priola Yes
Hill No
Final YES: 5   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


04:56:01 PM   Committee Adjourned






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