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S_ED_2021A 03/18/2021 01:34:33 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
Date 03/18/2021
Attendance
Bridges X
Buckner X
Kirkmeyer X
Lundeen X
Priola X
Story X
Zenzinger X
Time 01:34:33 PM to 04:59:57 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Zenzinger
This Report was prepared by Rachel Kurtz-Phelan
Hearing Items Action Taken
Conf 21-Adams State University Board Of Trustees Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 21-Colorado Mesa University Board Of Trustees Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 21-Higher Education — Colorado Commission On Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 21-Community Colleges And Occupational Education — State Board For Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
SB21-172 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
SB21-013 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
HB21-1164 Referred to Senate Appropriations

Conf 21-Adams State University Board Of Trustees - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:35:36 PM  
Dr. Cheryl Lovell, President of Adams State University, and Michelle Lueck, chair of the Adams State University Board of Trustees, introduced the appointees and reappointee to the board: Amanda DeLaRosa, Arthur Ortegon, and Pamela Bricker. The Governor's appointment letter can be found as Attachment A. The appointees and reappointee took turns introducing themselves and telling the committee about their background and why they would like to serve on the board.
01:45:25 PM  
The appointees answered questions from the committee.


01:53:56 PM
Motion Refer the reappointment of Pamela Bricker and the appointments of Amanda DeLaRosa and Arthur Ortegon to the Adams State University Board Of Trustees to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Story
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Buckner Yes
Kirkmeyer Excused
Lundeen Yes
Priola Yes
Story Yes
Zenzinger Excused
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 21-Colorado Mesa University Board Of Trustees - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:54:11 PM  
Tim Foster, President
of Colorado Mesa University, introduced the appointees and reappointee
to the board: Alison Griffin, David Foster, and Lori Buck.  The Governor's
appointment letter can be found as Attachment B.  The appointees took
turns introducing themselves and speaking about their backgrounds and why
they would like to serve on the board.
02:04:01 PM  
The appointees answered questions from the committee.


02:08:24 PM
Motion Refer the reappointment of Alison Griffin, and the appointments of David Foster and Lori Buck to the Colorado Mesa University Board Of Trustees to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Story
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Buckner Yes
Kirkmeyer Excused
Lundeen Yes
Priola Yes
Story Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 21-Higher Education — Colorado Commission On - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


02:09:07 PM  
Dr. Angie Paccione, Executive Director of the Department of Higher Education, introduced the appointees to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education: Teresa Kostenbauer and Steven Meyer. The Governor's appointment letter can be found as Attachment C. The appointees took turns telling the committee about themselves and why they would like to serve on the commission. Committee members took turns making comments.


02:22:15 PM
Motion Refer the appointments of Steven Meyer and Teresa Kostenbauer to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Buckner Yes
Kirkmeyer Excused
Lundeen Yes
Priola Yes
Story Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 21-Community Colleges And Occupational Education — State Board For - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


02:26:00 PM  
Joe Garcia, Chancellor
of the Colorado Community College System, introduced the appointees and
reappointee to the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational
Education: Catherine Shull, Garrison Ortiz, and Rollie Heath.  The
Governor's appointment letter can be found as Attachment D.  The appointees
took turns telling the committee about themselves and about why they would
like to serve on the board.


02:36:52 PM
Motion Refer the appointments of Rollie Heat, Catherine Shull, and Garrison Ortiz to the State Board for Community Colleges & Occupational Ed to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Story
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Buckner Excused
Kirkmeyer Excused
Lundeen Yes
Priola Yes
Story Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB21-172 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


02:37:01 PM  
The committee took a brief recess.
02:43:04 PM  
The committee came
back to order.   Senator Danielson, sponsor, presented Senate Bill
21-172, which concerns the creation of a fund to assist in increasing the
amounts paid to persons employed by local education providers.
02:47:40 PM  
Amie Baca-Oehlert, representing the Colorado Education Association, testified in support of the bill.
02:52:43 PM  
Lara Center, representing Jeffco Education Support Professionals Association, testified in support of the bill.
02:56:57 PM  
Kallie Leyba, representing the American Federation of Teachers Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
02:59:39 PM  
Robert Mitchell,
representing himself, testified in support of the bill.  Dr. Mitchell
answered questions from the committee.
03:06:02 PM  
The committee took a brief recess.
03:16:22 PM  
The committee came
back to order.  Senator Lundeen distributed and explained amendment
L.001 (Attachment E).
03:19:40 PM  
The committee discussed the amendment.


03:22:33 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Lundeen
Seconded
Bridges No
Buckner No
Kirkmeyer Yes
Lundeen Yes
Priola Yes
Story No
Zenzinger No
YES: 3   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
03:22:43 PM  
Senator Danielson
provided closing comments on the bill.  Committee members made comments
on the bill.  


03:26:49 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-172 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Story
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Buckner Yes
Kirkmeyer No
Lundeen No
Priola Yes
Story Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB21-013 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

03:27:04 PM  
Senator Fields, sponsor,
presented Senate Bill 21-013, which concerns measures to address student
learning loss occurring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Senator
Fields distributed amendments L.001 and L.002 (Attachments F and G) and
a handout to the committee (Attachment H).

03:36:25 PM  
Michael Neil, representing
the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, testified in support of the bill.
03:40:28 PM  
Kelly Caufield, representing Colorado Succeeds, testified in support of the bill.
03:43:39 PM  
Dan Morris, representing Colorado Digital Learning Solutions, testified in support of the bill.
03:47:14 PM  
Sharon Bailey, representing
the Colorado Black Roundtable, testified in support of the bill.
03:51:11 PM  
Prateek Dutta, representing Democrats For Education Reform, testified in support of the bill.
03:53:45 PM  
Anne Keke, representing
the African Leadership Group, testified in support of the bill.  Dr.
Keke answered questions from the committee.
03:56:48 PM  
Riley Kitts, representing the Colorado Children's Campaign, testified in support of the bill.
04:00:23 PM  
Senator Fields explained
amendmnets L.001 and L.002 (Attachments F and G).



04:02:08 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Story
Seconded
Bridges
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Priola
Story
Zenzinger
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:03:15 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002
Moved Story
Seconded
Bridges
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Priola
Story
Zenzinger
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:06:11 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-013, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Story
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Buckner Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Lundeen Yes
Priola Yes
Story Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1164 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


04:10:08 PM  
Majority Leader Fenberg
and Senator Zenzinger, co-sponsors, introduced House Bill 21-1164, which
concerns reductions in the property tax credits that apply to school districts'
total program mill levies for purposes of funding the "Public School
Finance Act of 1994."
04:21:38 PM  
Leslie Colwell, representing
the Colorado Children's Campaign, testified in support of the bill.  Ms.
Colwell answered questions from the committee.
04:36:30 PM  
Bret Miles, representing
the Colorado Association of School Executives, testified in support of
the bill.
04:40:46 PM  
Autumn Brooks, representing
Clear Creek School District Re-1, testified in support of the bill.  Ms.
Brooks answered questions from the committee.

04:43:19 PM  
Matt Cook, representing
the Colorado Association of School Boards, testified in support of the
bill.  Mr. Cook answered questions from the committee.
04:49:14 PM  
Benjamin Waters,
representing Stand for Children and the Opportunity Coalition, testified
in support of the bill.
04:53:31 PM  
Additional written
testimony submitted can be found as Attachment I.
 The
co-sponsors provided closing comments on the bill.  Committee discussion
ensued.


04:59:48 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1164 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Zenzinger
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Buckner Yes
Kirkmeyer No
Lundeen No
Priola Yes
Story Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


04:59:57 PM   The committee adjourned.






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