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h_ed_2016a_2016-04-25t13:34:50z1 Hearing Summary

Date: 04/25/2016



Final

BILL SUMMARY for HB16-1343



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION


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03:18 PM -- HB16-1343



The committee recessed.





03:28 PM



The committee came back to order. Representative Moreno, sponsor, presented House Bill 16-1343, which repeals the authority of the State Board of Education (SBE) to automatically waive state statutes or board rules for charter schools. Representative Moreno responded to questions from the committee. He referenced a memo from the Office of Legislative Legal Services (Attachment B). Committee discussion ensued.



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03:56 PM --
Julie Pelegrin, Office of Legislative Legal Services, came to the table to respond to questions from the committee.





04:01 PM



The following people testified:



04:02 PM --
Kelly Rosensweet and Jennifer Mello, representing the Colorado Department of Education, came to the table to respond to questions from the committee.



04:21 PM --
Dan Schaller, representing the Colorado League of Charter Schools, spoke in opposition to the bill.



04:24 PM --
Jessica Johnson, representing the Colorado League of Charter Schools, spoke in opposition to the bill.





04:28 PM



The preceding two witnesses answered questions from the committee.



04:38 PM --
Maya Lagana, a member of the portfolio management team for Denver Public Schools and Tom McMillen, representing Douglas County School District, spoke in opposition to the bill. Ms. Lagana and Mr. McMillen responded to questions from the committee.



04:53 PM --
Farrah Nicole Martin, founder and executive director of Amon STEAM Academy, a charter school opening in Aurora, spoke in opposition to the bill

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04:57 PM --
Bill Kottenstette, representing Compass Montessori School, spoke in opposition to the bill.





05:00 PM



The preceding two witnesses responded to questions from the committee.



05:07 PM --
Cinde Will, principal of a charter school, spoke in opposition to the bill.



05:12 PM --
Deborah Cole, representing the School Coaliltion for Excellence, spoke in opposition to the bill.





05:14 PM



The preceding two witnesses responded to questions from the committee.



05:23 PM --
Luke Ragland, representing Colorado Succeeds, spoke in opposition to the bill.



05:26 PM --
Jen Walmer, representing Democrats for Education Reform, spoke in opposition to the bill.





05:31 PM



The preceding two witnesses responded to the committee.



05:34 PM --
Marcia Crawford, representing herself, spoke in support of the bill.



05:38 PM --
Wenda Wilson, representing herself, spoke in support of the bill.





05:43 PM



The preceding two witnesses responded to questions from the committee. Committee discussion ensued.



05:59 PM --
Sally Kate Tinch, representing herself, spoke in support of the bill.



06:03 PM --
Jonna Levine, representing Colorado Parent Teacher Association (PTA), spoke in support of the bill.





06:06 PM



The preceding two witnesses responded to questions from the committee.



06:11 PM --
Scott Gilpin, representing himself, spoke in support of the bill. Mr. Gilpin responded to questions from the committee.





06:20 PM



No further witnesses being present, Representative Pettersen closed public testimony and laid the bill over for action only at a later date.






06:21 PM



The committee adjourned.




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