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H_ED_2017A 03/27/2017 Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

Date: 03/27/2017
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:33 PM to 05:29 PM
Bridges
X
Everett
X
Place: HCR 0112
Exum
X
Garnett
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Lee
X
Representative Pettersen
Leonard
X
Lundeen
*
This Report was prepared by
McLachlan
X
Damion Pechota
Navarro
X
Sias
*
Wilson
X
Buckner
X
Pettersen
X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
HB17-1004

SB17-068

HB17-1182

HB17-1251
Amended, Referred to House Appropriations

Referred to the Committee of the Whole

Postponed Indefinitely

Laid Over





01:34 PM -- HB17-1004



Representative Michaelson Jenet and Representative Danielson, co-sponsors, presented House Bill 17-1004 concerning a statewide metric for awarding college credit for military education and training. They distributed a fact sheet (Attachment A) and amendment L.002 (Attachment B).



17HouseEd0327AttachA.pdf17HouseEd0327AttachA.pdf 17HouseEd0327AttachB.pdf17HouseEd0327AttachB.pdf



The co-sponsors answered questions from the committee regarding college credit for military education and training.

































01:44 PM



The co-sponsors continued to answer questions from the committee.



01:47 PM --
Danielle Forrest, representing Metropolitan State University, testified in support of the bill. She answered questions from the committee regarding the transfer of college credit.



01:55 PM --
Matthew Martinez, representing Adams State University, testified in support of the bill. He answered questions from the committee regarding joint service transcripts. He distributed a copy of his testimony (Attachment C).



17HouseEd0327AttachC.pdf17HouseEd0327AttachC.pdf



02:02 PM --
Vanessa Moore, a student veteran at Adams State University, testified in support of the bill. She answered questions from the committee regarding her education experience.



02:09 PM --
Marcus Fontenes, a student veteran at the University of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.



02:10 PM --
Karthik Venkatraj, a student veteran at the University of Colorado, testified in support of the bill. He distributed a handout on the Student Veterans of America (Attachment D).



17HouseEd0327AttachD.pdf17HouseEd0327AttachD.pdf



02:11 PM --
Travis Weiner, a student veteran at the University of Colorado, testified in support of the bill. He answered questions from the committee regarding amendment L.002 (Attachment B).





02:21 PM



Mr. Weiner, Mr. Fontenes, and Mr. Venkantraj continued to answer questions from the committee.



02:29 PM --
Rob Hudson, representing Pikes Peak Community College, testified in support of the bill. He answered questions from the committee regarding the evaluation of college credit.



02:38 PM --
Terry Whitney, representing the College Board, testified in support of the bill. He answered questions from the committee regarding statewide policies for college credit.



02:44 PM --
Jeremy Hueth, representing the University of Colorado, testified in support of the bill. He answered questions from the committee regarding amendment L.002 (Attachment B).



















02:54 PM



Mr. Hueth continued to answer questions from the committee regarding the transfer of credits.



02:59 PM --
David Ortiz, represented the United Veterans Committee of Colorado, testified in support of the bill. He distributed a handout to the committee (Attachment E).



17HouseEd0327AttachE.pdf17HouseEd0327AttachE.pdf



03:05 PM --
Betsy Cohn, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. She answered questions from the committee.



03:16 PM --
Kris Krolling, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. He discussed his training in the military and experience as a veteran. He answered questions from the committee regarding education opportunities.



03:20 PM --
Matt Oelrich, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. He discussed his experience transitioning out of the military.



03:23 PM --
Leanne Wheeler, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. She discussed her experience as a veteran.

BILL: HB17-1004
TIME: 03:27:56 PM
MOVED: Buckner
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment B). The motion passed on a vote of 12-1.
SECONDED: Lee
VOTE
Bridges
Yes
Everett
No
Exum
Yes
Garnett
Yes
Lee
Yes
Leonard
Yes
Lundeen
Yes
McLachlan
Yes
Navarro
Yes
Sias
Yes
Wilson
Yes
Buckner
Yes
Pettersen
Yes
YES: 12 NO: 1 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS

















03:29 PM



Representative Danielson provided closing comments on the bill.



The members provided closing comments on the bill.

BILL: HB17-1004
TIME: 03:34:41 PM
MOVED: Lee
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1004, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 13-0.
SECONDED: Sias
VOTE
Bridges
Yes
Everett
Yes
Exum
Yes
Garnett
Yes
Lee
Yes
Leonard
Yes
Lundeen
Yes
McLachlan
Yes
Navarro
Yes
Sias
Yes
Wilson
Yes
Buckner
Yes
Pettersen
Yes
Final YES: 13 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





03:36 PM



The committee recessed.





03:43 PM




The committee came back from recess.




























03:43 PM -- SB17-068



Representative Singer presented Senate Bill 17-068 concerning early support for student success through access to school counselors, and, in connection therewith, serving all grades through the behavioral health care professional matching grant program and the school counselor corps grant program.



03:47 PM --
Bryan Krause, Executive Director of Student Services for the St. Vrain Valley School District, testified in support of the bill.



03:49 PM --
Jaimie Stickl, representing Denver Public Schools, testified in support of the bill.



03:50 PM --
Jon Widmier, representing Jefferson County School District and the Colorado School Counselor Association, testified in support of the bill.



Mr. Krause answered questions from the committee regarding the most effective ways to meet the needs of elementary age students.



03:58 PM --
John Stringfellow, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



04:01 PM --
Ira Chernus, representing the Boulder Valley Community Action Network, testified in support of the bill.



04:05 PM --
Moe Keller, representing Mental Health Colorado, testified in support of the bill. She distributed a letter to the committee (Attachment F).



17HouseEd0327AttachF.pdf17HouseEd0327AttachF.pdf



04:09 PM -- Belinda Strickland, representing the Colorado Association of School Nurses, testified in support of the bill.



04:13 PM --
Ayelet Talmi, representing Children's Hospital of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.



04:17 PM --
Bill Jaeger, representing the Colorado Children's Campaign, testified in support of the bill.









































04:19 PM



Representative Singer provided closing comments on the bill.



Members provided closing comments on the bill.

BILL: SB17-068
TIME: 04:21:38 PM
MOVED: Buckner
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-068 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 7-5.
SECONDED: Lee
VOTE
Bridges
Yes
Everett
No
Exum
Yes
Garnett
Excused
Lee
Yes
Leonard
No
Lundeen
No
McLachlan
Yes
Navarro
No
Sias
No
Wilson
Yes
Buckner
Yes
Pettersen
Yes
Final YES: 7 NO: 5 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





04:24 PM



The committee recessed.





04:31 PM



The committee came back to order.





























04:31 PM -- HB17-1182



Representative Benavidez presented House Bill 17-1182 concerning reimbursement of student revenue for students who move between a charter school and a non-charter school within the same budget year.



04:42 PM --
Jacque Phillips, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. She answered questions from the committee regarding charter schools.





04:52 PM



Dr. Phillips continued to answer questions from the committee.





05:01 PM



The committee recessed.





05:03 PM



The committee came back to order.



05:03 PM --
Mooira Coogan, representing Colorado Association of School Executives, testified in opposition to the bill.



05:08 PM --
Matt Cook, representing the Colorado Association of School Boards, testified in opposition to the bill.



05:10 PM --
Dan Schaller, representing the Colorado League of Chart Schools, testified in opposition to the bill. He distributed a handout to the committee (Attachment G). Mr. Schaller answered questions from the committee regarding homeless students.



17HouseEd0327AttachG.pdf17HouseEd0327AttachG.pdf



05:14 PM --
Randy Zimmermann, representing CIVA Charter School, testified in opposition to the bill.



05:17 PM --
Lili Adeli, representing Boulder Prep Charter School, testified in opposition to the bill. She answered questions from the committee regarding homeless students.



Mr. Zimmermann answered questions from the committee.

























05:23 PM



Representative Benavidez provided closing comments on the bill.

BILL: HB17-1182
TIME: 05:27:16 PM
MOVED: Buckner
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 17-1182 indefinitely. The motion passed on a vote of 11-0.
SECONDED: Lundeen
VOTE
Bridges
Excused
Everett
Yes
Exum
Yes
Garnett
Excused
Lee
Yes
Leonard
Yes
Lundeen
Yes
McLachlan
Yes
Navarro
Yes
Sias
Yes
Wilson
Yes
Buckner
Yes
Pettersen
Yes
Final YES: 11 NO: 0 EXC: 2 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





05:28 PM -- HB17-1251



The chair laid House Bill 17-1251 over until the April 3, 2017, House Education Committee meeting.





05:29 PM



The committee adjourned.