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S_ED_2019A 04/03/2019 10:49:52 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
Date 04/03/2019
Attendance
Bridges X
Hill X
Lundeen X
Story X
Todd X
Time 10:49:52 AM to 12:16:03 PM
Place SCR 352
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Todd
This Report was prepared by Rachel Kurtz-Phelan
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB19-170 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
SB19-176 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
HB19-1206 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call

SB19-170 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

10:50:59 AM  

Senator Rodriguez and Senator Tate, co-sponsors, presented Senate Bill 19-170, concerning an inquiry into a college applicant's nonacademic conduct prior to admission.  The bill was on the table for action only.  Amendments L.002, L.003, L.014, and L.016 (Attachments A through D) were distributed to the committee.



10:53:41 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Bridges
Hill
Lundeen
Story
Todd
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


10:53:53 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Bridges
Hill
Lundeen
Story
Todd
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


10:54:07 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.014
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Bridges
Hill
Lundeen
Story
Todd
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


10:54:24 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.016
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Bridges
Hill
Lundeen
Story
Todd
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


10:54:47 AM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-170, 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
Hill Yes
Lundeen Yes
Story Yes
Todd Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-176 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


10:55:25 AM  

Senator Bridges and Senator Lundeen, co-sponsors, presented Senate Bill 19-176, concerning measures to expand opportunities for students to earn postsecondary course credit while enrolled in high school.  The co-sponsors made opening remarks.

11:00:54 AM  

The following people testified on the bill:

11:02:40 AM  

Dr. Angie Paccione, Executive Director of the Department of Higher Education (DHE), spoke in support of the bill.  She distributed a handout to the committee (Attachment E) and stated that it is a priority for the DHE to erase the equity gap in attaining higher education credentials.

11:04:21 AM  

Carl Einhaus, representing DHE, spoke in support of the bill.

11:06:43 AM  

Jennifer Mello, Legislative Liaison, Colorado Department of Education, stated that the State Board of Education supports the bill as amended.

11:09:01 AM  

Oliver Martinez-Reyes, representing himself as a student, spoke in support of the bill.

11:13:41 AM  

The panel of witnesses answered questions from the committee.

11:16:12 AM  

Sarah Heath, representing the Colorado Community College System and the Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board, spoke in support of the bill.

11:21:25 AM  

Matt Cook, representing the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB), stated that CASB is in a neutral/amend position on the bill.

11:23:18 AM  

Grant Schmidt, Superintendent of the Hanover School District and also representing the Colorado Rural Schools Alliance and the Colorado Association of School Executives, expressed support of the bill if amended.

11:27:05 AM  

Michelle Murphy, Executive Director of the Colorado Rural Schools Alliance, spoke about the bill in an amend position.

11:28:59 AM  

The panel of witnesses answered questions from the committee.

11:38:14 AM  

The panel continued to answer questions from the committee.

11:40:51 AM  

Kelly Caufield, representing Colorado Succeeds, spoke in support of the bill.

11:45:05 AM  

Denise Pearson, representing State Higher Education Executive Officers, spoke in support of the bill.

11:47:54 AM  

The co-sponsors distributed and explained amendment L.002 (Attachment F) and amendment L.003 (Attachment G) and provided closing comments on the bill.



11:50:24 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003
Moved Lundeen
Seconded
Bridges
Hill
Lundeen
Story
Todd
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
11:51:18 AM  

The co-sponsors answered questions from the committee.

11:51:35 AM  

Kim Poast, Chief Academic Officer for DHE, came to the table to answer questions about accreditation.



11:58:25 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002
Moved Lundeen
Seconded
Bridges
Hill
Lundeen
Story
Todd
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


11:58:47 AM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-176, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Lundeen
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Hill Yes
Lundeen Yes
Story Yes
Todd Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB19-1206 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


11:58:54 AM  

Senator Bridges and Senator Lundeen, co-sponsors, presented House Bill 19-1206, concerning removing equity gaps in higher education by ensuring more students have access to supplemental academic instruction.

12:01:06 PM  

The following people testified on the bill:

12:01:34 PM  

Dr. Angie Paccione, Executive Director of the Department of Higher Education (DHE), spoke in support of the bill.

12:03:45 PM  

Kim Poast, Chief Academic Officer for DHE, spoke in support of the bill.  She distributed a handout to the committee (Attachment H).

12:07:35 PM  

Rhonda Epper, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost for the Community College of Denver, spoke in support of the bill.

12:11:49 PM  

Prateek Dutta, representing Education Reform Now and Democrats for Education Reform, spoke in support of the bill.



12:15:53 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1206 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Hill Excused
Lundeen Yes
Story Yes
Todd Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


12:16:03 PM   The committee adjourned.