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S_ED_2021A 05/13/2021 02:06:48 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
Date 05/13/2021
Attendance
Bridges *
Buckner X
Kirkmeyer X
Lundeen X
Priola X
Story *
Zenzinger X
Time 02:06:48 PM to 04:21:15 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Zenzinger
This Report was prepared by Rachel Kurtz-Phelan
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB21-1234 Referred to Senate Appropriations
SB21-255 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
SB21-268 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

HB21-1234 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


02:07:09 PM  
Senator Moreno and
Senator Rankin, co-sponsors, presented House Bill 21-1234, which concerns
reducing student learning loss through the creation of high-impact tutoring
programs.  The co-sponsors gave opening remarks on the bill.
02:11:05 PM  
The co-sponsors answered questions from the committee.
02:17:23 PM  
Joanna Rosa, representing Transform Education Now (TEN), testified in support of the bill.
02:20:54 PM  
Luke Ragland, representing Ready Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
02:22:20 PM  
Prateek Dutta, representing Democrats for Education Reform, testified in support of the bill.
02:29:09 PM  
Kelly Caufield, representing Colorado Succeeds, testified in support of the bill.
02:31:03 PM  
Nicholas Martinez,
representing TEN, testified in support of the bill.
02:34:41 PM  
Amie Baca-Oehlert, representing the Colorado Education Association, testified in support of the bill.
02:37:58 PM  
The co-sponsors gave closing comments on the bill.


02:39:10 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1234 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Story
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Buckner Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Lundeen Yes
Priola Excused
Story Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB21-255 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

02:39:43 PM  
The committee took a brief recess.
02:44:54 PM  
The committee came
back to order.  Senator Winter, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 21-255,
which concerns providing menstrual hygiene products at no expense to students.
 Senator Winter distributed amendment L.001 (Attachment A).  Written
testimony submitted can be found as Attachment B.

02:46:07 PM  
Erin Persaud, representing I Support the Girls, testified in support of the bill.
02:50:59 PM  
Senator Evie Hudak, representing Colorado Parent Teacher Association, testified in support of the bill.
02:53:15 PM  
Sam Espinoza, representing Colorado Children's Campaign, testified in support of the bill.
02:55:22 PM  
Amie Baca-Oehlert, representing the Colorado Education Association, testified in support of the bill.
02:59:49 PM  
Tay Anderson, representing
the Denver Public Schools Board, testified in support of the bill.
03:01:32 PM  
Senator Winter explained
amendment L.001 (Attachment A).


03:02:10 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Story
Seconded
Bridges
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Priola Excused
Story
Zenzinger
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:02:30 PM  
Senator Winter gave
closing comments on the bill.


03:03:35 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-255, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Story
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Buckner Yes
Kirkmeyer No
Lundeen No
Priola Excused
Story Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 2   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB21-268 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

03:04:32 PM  
Senator Zenzinger
and Senator Lundeen, co-sponsors, presented Senate Bill 21-268, which concerns
the financing of public schools.  The co-sponsors explained several
portions of the bill and distributed amendments L.003 and L.006 (Attachments
C and D) and a handout prepared by Legislative Council Staff (Attachment
E).
03:13:58 PM  
The co-sponsors continued
reviewing the bill.
03:36:42 PM  
Benjamin Waters, representing the Opportunity Coalition, testified in support of the bill.
03:39:00 PM  
Jessica Krichbaum, representing the Denver Green School and Innovation Zones, testified in support of the bill.
03:42:16 PM  
Frank Coyne, representing the Denver Green School and Innovation Zones, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Coyne answered questions from the committee.
03:46:19 PM  
Cheri Wrench, Executive Director of the Colorado Association of School Boards, testified in support of the bill.
03:51:04 PM  
Karen Smith Slater, representing the Colorado School Counselor Association, testified in support of the bill.
03:55:08 PM  
Nadia Saldana-Spiegle, representing the Beacon Network Schools and Innovation Schools, testified in support of the bill.
03:57:57 PM  
Reverend Vernon Jones Jr., representing the Northeast Denver Innovation Zone, testified in support of the bill.
04:01:45 PM  
Glenn Gustafson, Deputy Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer of Colorado Springs School District 11, testified in support of the bill.
04:04:10 PM  
Michelle Murphy, representing Colorado Rural Schools Alliance, testified to amend the bill.
04:08:36 PM  
Prateek Dutta, representing Democrats for Education Reform, testified to amend the bill.
04:10:55 PM  
Nate Golich, representing the Colorado Education Association (CEA), read written testimony from Amie Baca-Oehlert, President of CEA.
04:13:14 PM  
Brita Darling, Office of Legislative Legal Services, came to the table to explain amendment L.006 (Attachment D). Senator Zenzinger explained amendment L.003 (Attachment C).


04:16:35 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003
Moved Zenzinger
Seconded
Bridges
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Priola
Story
Zenzinger
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:17:01 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.006
Moved Zenzinger
Seconded
Bridges
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Priola
Story
Zenzinger
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
04:17:19 PM  
The co-sponsors and committee members gave closing comments on the bill.


04:20:38 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-268, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Zenzinger
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


04:21:15 PM   The committee adjourned.






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