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H_ED_2019A 04/25/2019 03:24:46 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
Date 04/25/2019
Attendance
Baisley *
Buck X
Buckner X
Coleman X
Cutter X
Exum X
Geitner *
Larson *
McCluskie X
Michaelson Jenet X
Wilson X
Buentello X
McLachlan *
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Time 03:24:46 PM to 06:58:32 PM
Place HCR 0107
This Meeting was called to order by Representative McLachlan
This Report was prepared by Meghan MacKillop
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB19-1332 Referred to House Appropriations
SB19-204 Referred to House Appropriations
SB19-215 Referred to House Appropriations
SB19-199 Referred to House Appropriations
SB19-246 Referred to House Appropriations
SB19-066 Amended, referred to House Appropriations

HB19-1332 - Referred to House Appropriations


03:25:00 PM  

Representative Hansen presented House Bill 19-1332, concerning the appropriation of funds from the Colorado Telephone Users Disabilities Fund to the Public Utilities Commission to the Colorado Department of Education in order to provide library support services for person who are blind or physically disabled.

03:29:33 PM  

The following people provided testimony:

03:29:55 PM  

Jamie Lewis, representing the Colorado Talking Book Library, testified in support of the bill.

03:30:56 PM  

Daniel Sweeny, representing the Colorado Talking Book Library, testified in support of the bill.

03:33:18 PM  

David Dawson, representing himself as a patron of the Colorado Talking Book Library, testified in support of the bill.

03:34:34 PM  

Jennifer Roberts, representing the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, testified in support of the bill.

03:37:16 PM  

Representative Hansen made concluding comments on the bill, and committee discussion ensued.



03:40:28 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1332 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved McLachlan
Seconded Michaelson Jenet
Baisley Yes
Buck Yes
Buckner Yes
Coleman Yes
Cutter Yes
Exum Yes
Geitner Yes
Larson Yes
McCluskie Excused
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Wilson Yes
Buentello Yes
McLachlan Yes
Final YES: 12   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-204 - Referred to House Appropriations


03:41:10 PM  

Representatives Bird and Arndt, co-sponsors, presented Senate Bill 19-204, concerning public school local accountability systems.  The bill creates the Local Accountability System Grant Program in the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to support local accountability systems that supplement the state accountability system.  A local education provider (LEP) or a group of LEPs may apply to the CDE for grant funding to develop and implement a local accountability system.  The bill sponsors answered questions from the committee, and distributed a fact sheet regarding the bill (Attachment A) and a letter in support of the bill (Attachment B).

04:01:40 PM  

Julie O'Brien, representing the Rural Alliance and the University of Colorado Denver, testified in support of the bill.

04:06:59 PM  

Leslie Colwell, representing the Colorado Children's Campaign, testified in support of the bill.

04:09:24 PM  

Kelly Caulfield, representing Colorado Succeeds, testified in support of the bill.

04:10:52 PM  

The panel answered questions from the committee.

04:15:36 PM  

The bill sponsors made concluding comments on the bill, and committee discussion ensued.



04:19:14 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-204 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Buentello
Seconded Cutter
Baisley Yes
Buck Yes
Buckner Yes
Coleman Yes
Cutter Yes
Exum Yes
Geitner Yes
Larson Yes
McCluskie Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Wilson Yes
Buentello Yes
McLachlan Yes
Final YES: 13   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-215 - Referred to House Appropriations


04:19:35 PM  

Representative Lontine presented Senate Bill 19-215, concerning the Parents Encouraging Parents conference. The bill requires that the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) provide up to four conferences per year for parents and families of children with disabilities. Representative Lontine answered questions from the committee.

04:23:48 PM  

Senator Irene Aguilar, representing herself, testified in support of the bill and answered questions from the committee.



04:48:16 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-215 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Buentello
Seconded Buckner
Baisley No
Buck No
Buckner Yes
Coleman Yes
Cutter Yes
Exum Yes
Geitner No
Larson Yes
McCluskie Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Wilson No
Buentello Yes
McLachlan Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-199 - Referred to House Appropriations


04:48:42 PM  

Representatives McCluskie and Wilson, co-sponsors, presented Senate Bill 19-199, concerning implementation measures of the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) Act. The bill makes statutory changes to the act and its implementation by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), public schools, and school districts.

05:02:56 PM  

The sponsors answered questions from the committee.

05:07:32 PM  

The following people provided testimony:

05:07:50 PM  

Dr. Melissa Colsman, representing CDE, testified in support of the bill.

05:10:34 PM  

Dr. Lisa Escarcega, representing the Colorado Association of School Executives, testified in support of the bill.

05:13:15 PM  

Amy Pitlik, representing Stand with Kids, testified in support of the bill.

05:15:43 PM  

The panel responded to questions from the committee. Floyd Cobb, representing CDE and present for questions only, also responded to committee questions.

05:28:54 PM  

Troy Hubbell, representing himself as a teacher, testified in support of the bill.

05:32:12 PM  

Amy Debroyni, representing Colorado Kids Identified with Dyslexia (COKID), testified in support of the bill.

05:34:44 PM  

Karin Johnson, representing COKID, testified in support of the bill and distributed an example of a READ Act assessment (Attachment C) and a graphic (Attachment C).

05:38:25 PM  

Lindsay Drakos, representing COKID, testified in support of the bill.

05:41:05 PM  

The above four-person panel responded to committee questions.

05:49:38 PM  

Michael Bucey, representing himself as a parent and Boulder Valley Kids Identified with Dyslexia, testified in support of the bill and distributed an example of a READ Act plan (Attachment E).

05:54:21 PM  

Amie Baca-Oehlert, representing the Colorado Education Association, testified in support of the bill.

05:57:46 PM  

The bill sponsors made concluding comments on the bill, and committee discussion ensued.



06:03:25 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-199 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved McCluskie
Seconded Wilson
Baisley Yes
Buck Yes
Buckner Yes
Coleman Yes
Cutter Yes
Exum Yes
Geitner Yes
Larson Yes
McCluskie Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Wilson Yes
Buentello Yes
McLachlan Yes
Final YES: 13   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-246 - Referred to House Appropriations


06:03:53 PM  

Representatives Wilson and McLachlan, co-sponsors, presented Senate Bill 19-246, concerning public school finance. The bill increases base per pupil funding for FY 2019-20 by $182.76 to $6,951.53 to reflect a 2.7 percent inflation rate and makes other changes in the calculation, including a reduction of the budget stabilization factor by $100 million.

06:15:27 PM  

Amie Baca-Oehlert, representing the Colorado Education Association, testified in support of the bill.

06:21:42 PM  

Matt Cook, representing the Colorado Association of School Boards, testified in support of the bill.

06:22:47 PM  

David Blackburn, representing Salida School District, testified in support of the bill.

06:26:40 PM  

Douglas Billonette, representing Elizabeth Schools testified in support of the bill.

 

06:29:47 PM  
Dr. Lisa Escarcega, representing the Colorado Association of School Executives, testified in support of the bill.
06:31:26 PM  

The panel answered questions from the committee.

06:33:48 PM  

The bill sponsors made concluding comments on the bill, and committee discussion ensued.



06:37:05 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-246 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved McLachlan
Seconded Wilson
Baisley Yes
Buck Yes
Buckner Yes
Coleman Yes
Cutter Yes
Exum Yes
Geitner Yes
Larson Yes
McCluskie Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Wilson Yes
Buentello Yes
McLachlan Yes
Final YES: 13   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-066 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


06:38:05 PM  

Representative Buentello presented Senate Bill 19-066, concerning the creation of the High Cost Special Education Trust Fund to be administered by the Colorado Special Education Fiscal Advisory Committee. The bill transfers $1.0 million.

06:42:05 PM  

Jason Hopfer, representing St. Vrain Valley Schools, testified in support of the bill and answered questions from the committee. Representative Buentello also answered committee questions.

06:55:01 PM  

Representative Buentello made concluding comments on the bill, and committee discussion ensued.



06:56:58 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-066, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Buentello
Seconded McCluskie
Baisley Yes
Buck Yes
Buckner Yes
Coleman Yes
Cutter Yes
Exum Yes
Geitner Yes
Larson Yes
McCluskie Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Wilson Yes
Buentello Yes
McLachlan Yes
Final YES: 13   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


06:58:32 PM   The committee adjourned.






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