2020 VFJ Bill List
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HB20-1007Jan 28 1:30Rep. J. Coleman
Sen. R. Fields
Diverse Kindergarten Throuh 12th Grade Educator WorkforceBill directs the depts of higher ed & ed to convene workgroup on diversity in the educator workforce.Workgroup shall investigate barriers to preparation, retention, and recruitment of a diverse educator workforce and shall consider strategies to increase diversity in the educator workforce. The bill includes specific issues for the workgroup to consider. written report of findings and recommendations to ed committees of the general assembly no later than September 30, 2021. The workgroup may submit interim findings and recommendations during the 2021 legislative session. Also requires dept of ed to include information disAlexandria G gregated by the candidates' or graduates' gender, race, and ethnicity in annual educator prep programs report.House
Education
House
Appropriations
SupportSusan R
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HB20-1048Rep. J Buckner, Rep. L.Herod, Rep. D. JacksonRace Trait Hairstyle Anti-discrimination ProtectThe bill specifies that, for purposes of anti-discrimination laws in the context of public education, employment practices, housing, public accommodations, and advertising, protections Alexandria G ainst discrimination on the basis of one's race includes traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles.House
Education
House
Appropriations
MonitorSusan R
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SB20-066Sen. K. Priola, Rep. B. BuentelloHighly Effective Teachers and low-performing SchoolsBill creates the highly effective teacher incentives program (program) to enable education providers to offer salary bonuses to attract highly effective teachers to teach in schools that are implementing priority improvement or turnaround plans (low-performing schools). Also creates the highly effective teacher incentives fund, which consists of a one-time appropriation of $4 million from the state education fund. By December 15, 2025, the department must submit to ed committees of the general assembly a report concerning the implementation and effectiveness of the programHouse
Education
House
Appropriations
SupportSusan R
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HB20-1021JAN 16 1:30
House State, Veterans,
& Military Affairs
Rep. H. McKenColorado
Youth Advisory Council Membership
The bill adds 2 voting positions to the Colorado youth advisory council for representatives from the Southern Ute tribe and the Ute Mountain Ute tribe.House
Education
House
Appropriations
Susan R
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HB20-1031Rep. A. BernavidezReplace Columbus Day with New State HolidayThe bill establishes Colorado day as a state legal holiday in place of Columbus Day. It also makes conforming amendments, including repealing the existing statute concerning Colorado day as a commemorative holiday.House
Education
House
Appropriations
Monitor
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HB20-1062FEB 06 1:30 House Education
HRC 0107
Rep. B. McLachlanColorado Student Free Expression LawThe bill clarifies that the term "student publication" can mean a publication in written, broadcast, or online format. A student advisor is required to encourAlexandria G e expression consistent with high standards of English and journalism.
The bill also adds a provision to protect public school employees from any form of retaliation resulting solely from the employee's actions to protect a student's rights of free expression or refusing to infringe on student conduct that is protected by the Colorado student free expression law or by the first amendment to the United States constitution.
House
Education
House
Appropriations
SupportSusan R
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SB20-006JAN 22 Senate Education upon adjournment SCR 352Sen. R. Zenzinger, Sen. T. Story, Rep C. Kipp, Rep. M. BaisleyAmend Colorado Opportunity Scholarship InitiativeChanging the current provision that, to the extent practicable, scholarships must be equally distributed between students who are eligible for federal PELL grants and students within a certain range of income. Instead, the bill requires scholarships to be equitably distributed between students with an expected family contribution, as defined in the bill, of less than 100% of the annual federal PELL grant award and students with an expected family contribution between 100% and 250% of the annual federal PELL grant award.House Education House AppropriationsMonitorSusan R
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