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S_ED_2021A 05/25/2021 09:16:55 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
Date 05/25/2021
Attendance
Bridges X
Buckner X
Kirkmeyer X
Lundeen X
Priola X
Story X
Zenzinger X
Time 09:16:55 PM to 11:14:26 PM
Place SCR 352
This Meeting was called to order by Zenzinger
This Report was prepared by Rachel Kurtz-Phelan
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB21-1304 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
HB21-1294 Referred to Senate Appropriations

HB21-1304 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

09:17:20 PM  
Majority Leader Fenberg
and Senator Buckner, co-sponsors, presented House Bill 21-1304, which concerns
measures to establish a unified early childhood system in Colorado and
creating the Department of Early Childhood.  The co-sponsors distributed
amendment L.004 (Attachment A) and provided an overview of the bill.  Senator
Kirkmeyer distributed amendment L.007 (Attachment B).  Additional
written testimony can be found as Attachment C.  The co-sponsors answered
questions from the committee.
09:25:54 PM  
The co-sponsors continued to answer questions from the committee. The committee took a brief recess.
09:38:09 PM  
The committee came back to order.
09:38:59 PM  
Anna Jo Haynes, representing herself as President Emeritus of Mile High Early Learning, testified in support of the bill.
09:42:23 PM  
Diana Herrera, representing herself as an early childhood education provider, testified in support of the bill.
09:45:59 PM  
Bill Jaeger, representing the Colorado Children's Campaign, testified in support of the bill.
09:50:07 PM  
Adeeb Khan, representing Colorado Succeeds, Early Childhood Leadership Council, and Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC), testified in support of the bill.
09:58:44 PM  
The co-sponsors explained amendment L.004 (Attachment A).


09:59:58 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004
Moved Buckner
Seconded
Bridges
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Priola
Story
Zenzinger
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
10:00:00 PM  
Senator Kirkmeyer explained amendment L.007 (Attachment B).


10:01:38 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.007
Moved Kirkmeyer
Seconded
Bridges
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Priola
Story
Zenzinger
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
10:01:51 PM  
The co-sponsors gave closing comments on the bill.


10:05:25 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1304, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Buckner
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



HB21-1294 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


10:05:37 PM  
Senator Rodriguez,
sponsor, presented House Bill 21-1294, which concerns an evaluation of
the statewide systems used to measure the performance of Colorado's elementary
and secondary public education system.
10:09:19 PM  
Matt Cook, representing the Colorado Association of School Boards, testified in support of the bill.
10:11:22 PM  
Senator Evie Hudak, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
10:14:38 PM  
Judy Solano, representing Advocates for Public Education Policy, testified in support of the bill.
10:23:53 PM  
The prior three witnesses answered questions from the committee.
10:24:13 PM  
Germaine Padberg-Ludlow, representing Coloradans for the Common Good, testified in support of the bill.
10:27:29 PM  
Brandon Shaffer, representing St. Vrain Valley School District, testified in support of the bill.
10:30:06 PM  
Kevin Vick, representing the Colorado Education Association, testified in support of the bill.
10:34:59 PM  
The prior three witnesses answered questions from the committee. Committee discussion ensued.
10:41:51 PM  
Steve Saunders, representing Westminster Public Schools, testified in support of the bill.
10:45:49 PM  
Fran Groff-Gonzales, representing the Westminster Education Association, testified in support of the bill.
10:48:48 PM  
Tobin Stone, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
10:52:08 PM  
Laura Martinez, representing Coloradans for the Common Good, testified in support of the bill.
10:55:00 PM  
Bret Miles, representing the Colorado Association of School Executives and the Colorado Rural Schools Alliance, testified in support of the bill.
10:56:09 PM  
Senator Lundeen and Senator Bridges distributed amendment L.007 (Attachment D). The committee took a brief recess.
11:07:15 PM  
The committee came back to order. Senator Lundeen explained amendment L.007 (Attachment D). Committee discussion ensued.


11:10:32 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.007
Moved Lundeen
Seconded
Bridges No
Buckner No
Kirkmeyer No
Lundeen Yes
Priola Yes
Story No
Zenzinger No
YES: 2   NO: 5   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
11:10:52 PM  
Senator Rodriguez gave closing comments on the bill. Committee members made comments on the bill.


11:14:09 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1294 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Story
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Buckner Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Lundeen No
Priola No
Story Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


11:14:26 PM   The committee adjourned.






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