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S_ED_2022A 02/24/2022 01:36:01 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
Date 02/24/2022
Attendance
Buckner X
Kirkmeyer X
Lundeen X
Moreno *
Priola X
Bridges X
Story X
Time 01:36:01 PM to 06:07:15 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Zenzinger
This Report was prepared by Rachel Kurtz-Phelan
Hearing Items Action Taken
Conf 22-Educational And Cultural Facilities Authority — Colorado Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 22-Private Occupational School Board Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 22-Colorado Mesa University Board Of Trustees Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 22-School Of Mines Board Of Trustees Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
SB22-039 Postponed Indefinitely
SB22-069 Committee Discussion Only

Conf 22-Educational And Cultural Facilities Authority — Colorado - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:36:51 PM  
Senator Story, chair, asked the appointees and reappointee to the Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority to begin their introductions. Morris Price, Jr., Keo Frazier, and Jenny Gentry took turns introducing themselves to the committee and speaking about why they would like to serve on the authority. A copy of the Governor's appointment letter can be found as Attachment A. The appointees answered questions from the committee.


01:44:14 PM
Motion Refer the appointments of Jenny Gentry and Keo Frazier, and the reappointment of Morris Price Jr., to the Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Lundeen Yes
Moreno Excused
Priola Yes
Bridges Yes
Story Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 22-Private Occupational School Board - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:44:48 PM  
Senator Story asked Lorna Candler, Director of the Division of Private Occupational Schools, to introduce the appointee to the Private Occupational School Board, Chad Nash. A copy of the Governor's appointment letter can be found as Attachment B. Mr. Nash introduced himself and spoke about why he would like to be appointed to the board.


01:50:16 PM
Motion Refer the appointment of Chad Nash to the Private Occupational School Board to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Lundeen Yes
Moreno Excused
Priola Yes
Bridges Yes
Story Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 22-Colorado Mesa University Board Of Trustees - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:51:08 PM  
Senator Story invited
John Marshall, President of Colorado Mesa University, to introduce the
appointees to the Board of Trustees: Charles Dukes, Gary Reiff, and Timothy
Fry.  A copy of the Governor's appointment letter can be found as
Attachment C.  The appointees took turns introducing themselves to
the committee and speaking about why they would like to serve on the board.
 They answered questions from the committee.



02:06:28 PM
Motion Refer the appointments of Charles Dukes, Gary Reiff, and Timothy Fry 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 Bridges
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Lundeen Yes
Moreno Yes
Priola Yes
Bridges Yes
Story Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 22-School Of Mines Board Of Trustees - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


02:06:48 PM  
Senator Story invited
Paul Johnson, President of the School of Mines, to introduce the appointee
and reappointee to the Mines Board of Trustees: Lucinda Sanders and David
Lawler.  A copy of the Governor's appointment letter can be found
as Attachment D.  Jesus Salazar, Vice Chair of the Board, spoke about
the school and the board.  The appointees took turns introducing themselves
and speaking about why they would like to serve on the board.  They
answered questions from the committee.


02:18:09 PM
Motion Refer the appointment of David Lawler, and the reappointment of Lucinda Sanders, to the School Of Mines Board Of Trustees to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Lundeen Yes
Moreno Yes
Priola Yes
Bridges Yes
Story Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB22-039 - Postponed Indefinitely

02:18:18 PM  
Senator Lundeen and
Senator Kirkmeyer, co-sponsors, presented Senate Bill 22-039, which concerns
funding for educational opportunities and creates a scholarship program
for students to pursue educational opportunities.  They provided opening
comments on the bill.
02:34:43 PM  
Savannah Wolfson, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
02:37:21 PM  
Brenda Dickhoner,
representing Ready Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
02:40:51 PM  
Joanna Rosa-Saenz,
representing herself, testified in support of the bill.  She distributed
a handout to the committee (Attachment E).
02:45:30 PM  
Brittany Vessely, representing the Colorado Catholic Conference, testified in support of the bill.
02:55:09 PM  
Ms. Vessely and Ms. Rosa-Saenz answered questions from the committee.
02:55:58 PM  
Kevin Vick, representing Colorado Education Association, testified in opposition to the bill. Mr. Vick answered questions from the committee.
03:00:58 PM  
Dawn Fritz, representing Colorado Parent Teacher Association, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Fritz answered questions from the committee.
03:06:36 PM  
Rosa Martinez, representing the LIBRE Initiative, testified in support of the bill.
03:10:18 PM  
Autumn Brooks, representing the Clear Creek School District Re-1, testified to amend the bill.
03:13:53 PM  
Cory Gaines, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Gaines answered questions from the committee.
03:18:27 PM  
Katie Bowen, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
03:21:55 PM  
Jessica De Feyter, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
03:24:25 PM  
The prior two witnesses answered questions from the committee.
03:26:35 PM  
Bret Miles, representing the Colorado Association of School Executives, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:29:27 PM  
Antonette Smith, representing Americans for Prosperity Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
03:34:19 PM  
Senator Lundeen and Senator Kirkmeyer distributed and explained amendments L.001, L.002, L.003, L.004, and L.005 (Attachment F, G, H, I, and J).


03:37:37 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Lundeen
Seconded
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Moreno
Priola
Bridges
Story
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:38:09 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002
Moved Lundeen
Seconded
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Moreno
Priola
Bridges
Story
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:38:21 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003
Moved Kirkmeyer
Seconded
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Moreno
Priola
Bridges
Story
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:39:10 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004
Moved Kirkmeyer
Seconded
Buckner No
Kirkmeyer Yes
Lundeen Yes
Moreno No
Priola Yes
Bridges No
Story No
YES: 3   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


03:39:33 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.005
Moved Kirkmeyer
Seconded
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Moreno
Priola
Bridges
Story
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:39:34 PM  
The co-sponsors gave closing comments on the bill. Committee members made comments on the bill.


03:57:23 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-039, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Lundeen
Seconded
Buckner No
Kirkmeyer Yes
Lundeen Yes
Moreno No
Priola Yes
Bridges No
Story No
YES: 3   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


03:57:45 PM
Motion Postpone Senate Bill 22-039 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed indefinitely.
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Kirkmeyer No
Lundeen No
Moreno Yes
Priola No
Bridges Yes
Story Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB22-069 - Committee Discussion Only


03:57:54 PM  
The committee took a brief recess.
04:16:27 PM  
The committee came
back to order.  Senator Story, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 22-069,
which concerns prohibiting the use of student academic measures in evaluating
the performance of licensed personnel during school years in which the
delivery of instruction is disrupted.
04:21:12 PM  
Kasey Ellis, representing the Cherry Creek Education Association, testified in support of the bill.
04:24:08 PM  
Jonna Levine, representing Support Jeffco Kids, testified in support of the bill.
04:31:07 PM  
Stephanie Rossi, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
04:31:50 PM  
The panel of witnesses answered questions from the committee.
04:35:29 PM  
Jen Walmer, representing Democrats for Education Reform, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:38:46 PM  
Lance Hostetter, representing Colorado Succeeds, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:41:13 PM  
Brenda Dickhoner,
representing Ready Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:43:21 PM  
Michelle Murphy, representing the Colorado Rural Schools Alliance and the Colorado Association of School Executives, testified in support of the bill.
04:45:22 PM  
Rob Anderson, Superintendent of the Boulder Valley School District, testified in support of the bill.
04:48:50 PM  
Judy Solano, representing Advocates for Public Education Policy, testified in support of the bill.
04:50:52 PM  
The panel answered questions from the committee.
04:59:05 PM  
Leslie Colwell, representing the Colorado Children's Campaign and Stand for Children, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:02:44 PM  
Nicholas Martinez, representing Transform Education Now, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:04:43 PM  
Karla Esser, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
05:07:37 PM  
Eliza Hamrick, representing Teachers United for Immigrant Rights, testified in support of the bill.
05:11:16 PM  
Andrew Gitner, representing
himself, testified in support of the bill.
05:17:48 PM  
Angela Anderson, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
05:18:53 PM  
The panel answered questions from the committee.
05:21:07 PM  
Tim Kubik, representing the Colorado Democratic Education Initiative, testified in support of the bill.
05:25:55 PM  
Lisa Webster, representing the Colorado Association of School Boards and the Summit Re-1 School Board, testified in support of the bill.
05:28:18 PM  
Grant Schmidt, representing the Summit School District, testified in support of the bill.
05:31:28 PM  
Dawn Fritz, representing the Colorado Parent Teacher Association, testified in support of the bill.
05:34:50 PM  
Kiah Swanson, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
05:38:51 PM  
The prior two panelists answered questions from the committee.
05:39:56 PM  
Frances Groff-Gonzales, President of the Westminster Education Association, testified in support of the bill.
05:43:29 PM  
Amie Baca-Oehlert, representing the Colorado Education Association, testified in support of the bill.
05:47:56 PM  
Ms. Baca-Oehlert answered questions from the committee.
05:53:29 PM  
The committee took
at a brief recess.  The bill was laid over for action only to a later
date.


06:07:15 PM   The committee adjourned.






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