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HB18-1070 Additional Public School Capital Construction Funding EducationFiscal Notes (06/22/2018)01/10/2018

Concerning an increase in the amount of financial assistance that can be provided for public school capital construction under the 'Building Excellent Schools Today Act', and, in connection therewith, increasing the amount of retail marijuana excise tax revenue that is credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund and increasing the maximum total amount of annual lease payments authorized for lease-purchase agreements entered into under the act.

Bill History - Capital Construction
- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (05/30/2018)Votes all Legislatorsc

Currently, the first $40 million of retail marijuana excise tax
revenue annually collected is credited to the public school capital
construction assistance fund (assistance fund) for purposes of the
Building Excellent Schools Today Act (BEST) and the remainder of the
revenue is credited to the state public school fund. For state fiscal years
commencing on and after July 1, 2018, sections 1 and 3 of the bill
increase the amount of retail marijuana excise tax revenue credited to the
assistance fund to the greater of 90% of the revenue annually collected or
the first $40 million of such revenue. The remainder of the revenue
continues to be credited to the state public school fund. Section 2
increases the maximum total annual amount of lease payments on BEST
lease-purchase agreements authorized to be paid with both state money
and local matching money to $110 million for the 2018-19 fiscal year and
$120 million for the 2019-20 fiscal year and for each fiscal year
thereafter.

D. Young (D)
C. Wist (R)
R. Scott (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
EducationBill Documents
HB18-1088 Funding For Full-day Kindergarten Fiscal Notes (06/12/2018)01/18/2018

Concerning increasing the supplemental kindergarten enrollment for purposes of calculating public school finance.

Bill History - Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Full Text of BillLobbyistsHouse Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (05/07/2018)Votes all Legislatorsc

Under existing law, the Public School Finance Act of 1994 funds
kindergarten students as half-day pupils plus the supplemental
kindergarten enrollment, which is an additional .08 of a full-day pupil.
The bill increases the supplemental kindergarten enrollment for the
2018-19 budget year and each budget year thereafter to .16 of a full-day

pupil. The bill specifies the intent of the general assembly to continue
increasing the supplemental kindergarten enrollment each budget year
until students enrolled in kindergarten are funded as full-day pupils in the
2023-24 budget year.

J. Wilson (R)EducationBill Documents
HB18-1101 Retail Marijuana Sales Tax Appropriations For Schools AppropriationsFiscal Notes (06/11/2018)01/18/2018

Concerning modification of the manner in which gross retail marijuana tax revenue that is transferred from the general fund to the state public school fund as required by current law is appropriated from the state public school fund.

Bill History - Capital Construction
- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (03/15/2018)Votes all Legislatorsc

Joint Budget Committee. Beginning in state fiscal year 2018-19,
current law:

  • Requires 12.59% of the gross retail marijuana sales tax
revenue remaining in the general fund after a required
allocation of 10% of the revenue to local governments to be
transferred to the state public school fund; and
  • Continuously appropriates that revenue for the same state
fiscal year in which it is transferred from the state public
school fund to the department of education to help meet the
state share of total program funding for school districts and
institute charter schools.
The bill eliminates the continuous appropriation of the revenue in the
state fiscal year in which it is transferred to the state public school fund
and instead specifies that beginning in state fiscal year 2019-20, the
general assembly may appropriate all or any portion of the revenue
transferred to the state public school fund during the prior state fiscal year
to the department of education to help meet the state share of total
program funding for school districts and institute charter schools.

M. Hamner (D)K. Lambert (R)FinanceBill Documents
HB18-1171 School Finance Mid-year Adjustment To Funding AppropriationsFiscal Notes (06/11/2018)02/02/2018

Concerning adjustments in the amount of total program funding for public schools for the 2017-18 budget year.

Bill History - Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (03/29/2018)Votes all Legislatorsc

Joint Budget Committee. The general assembly recognizes that
the actual funded pupil count and the actual at-risk pupil count for the
2017-18 school year are lower than anticipated when the appropriation
amount was established during the 2017 legislative session. In addition,
local property tax and specific ownership tax receipts are more than

anticipated, increasing the local share of total program funding. The bill
declares the general assembly's intent to maintain the average amount of
funding distributed per pupil on a statewide basis at the level of the
original appropriation, resulting in a reduction in the budget stabilization
factor. The bill adjusts the minimum amount of total program funding
specified in statute to reflect this intent.

M. Hamner (D)K. Lundberg (R)AppropriationsBill Documents
HB18-1209 No 529 Account Income Tax Deduction For K-12 Kindergarten Through Twelfth Expenses FinanceFiscal Notes (05/23/2018)02/05/2018

Concerning amendments to the state income tax deduction for contributions to a qualified 529 account to ensure that the state income tax deduction is not aligned with the changes in the federal "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" of 2017 that allow tax-free distributions for elementary and secondary school expenses.

Bill History - Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
Full Text of BillLobbyistsSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (04/19/2018)Votes all Legislatorsc

The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which became law in

December 2017, added distributions for elementary or secondary school
expenses as qualified distributions from a qualified state tuition program,
also known as a 529 account, thereby allowing, on the federal level,
income tax-free distributions for elementary and secondary school
expenses in addition to already authorized income tax-free distributions
for higher education expenses.
The bill amends Colorado law to ensure that a taxpayer may not
claim a deduction for contributions to qualified state tuition programs for
elementary or secondary school expenses and clarifies that such expenses
are not qualified distributions.

B. Pettersen (D)
A. Garnett (D)
K. Donovan (D)EducationBill Documents
HB18-1221 Income Tax Deduction For 529 Account Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade Expenses Fiscal Notes (09/06/2018)02/05/2018 Concerning the alignment of the state income tax deduction for contributions to a qualified 529 account with the changes in the federal "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" of 2017 that allow tax-free distributions for kindergarten through twelfth grade school expenses.   Bill History - Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- State Government
Full Text of BillLobbyistsHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (03/26/2018)Votes all Legislatorsc

Current law allows contributions to a qualified state tuition
program, also known as a 529 account, so long as the distributions are

used for qualified higher education expenses (and some additional
exceptions), but not for kindergarten through twelfth grade school
expenses. The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which became law in
December 2017, added distributions for kindergarten through twelfth
grade expenses as qualified distributions thereby allowing, on the federal
level, income tax-free distributions for elementary and secondary
education expenses in addition to already authorized income tax-free
distributions for higher education expenses.
The bill makes similar changes to Colorado law to allow
contributions to qualified state tuition programs for kindergarten through
twelfth grade expenses thereby allowing a taxpayer to claim a deduction
for such contributions and clarifying that such expenses are qualified
distributions, ensuring that a taxpayer does not encounter tax recapture of
any claimed deductions when such contributions are distributed for
kindergarten through twelfth grade school expenses.

T. Leonard (R)T. Neville (R)EducationBill Documents
HB18-1232 New School Funding Distribution Formula Fiscal Notes (06/11/2018)02/05/2018

Concerning the creation of a new public school funding distribution formula for the preschool through secondary public education system.

Bill History - Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Full Text of BillLobbyistsHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (04/25/2018)Votes all Legislatorsc

The bill creates a new public school funding distribution formula
to replace the existing formula (1994 formula). The new distribution
formula is effective for the second budget year following voter approval
of a ballot measure that increases state revenue for funding preschool
through high school public education, which is not included in the bill.

The new public school funding distribution formula:
  • Calculates a school district's (district's) total program
funding by starting with statewide base per pupil funding
and adding additional funding for student and district
characteristics in the form of district factor funding as
follows:
  • Size factor funding;
  • Poverty factor funding for students eligible for free
or reduced-price meals;
  • English language learner factor funding, adjusted
for district size;
  • Gifted child factor funding, adjusted for district
size;
  • Special education factor funding, adjusted for
disability and district size; and
  • Cost of living factor funding, limited to a
percentage of statewide cost of living factor
funding.
In calculating district total program funding, the new formula:
  • Counts kindergarten students as half-day or full-day pupils
depending on the length of the kindergarten program;
  • Counts preschool students as half-day pupils, anticipating
conforming changes to the Colorado preschool program,
following enactment of the bill, to remove limits on the
number of 4- and 5-year-old pupils attending state-funded
preschool and the pupil eligibility criteria for 4- and
5-year-old pupils;
  • Differentiates between pupils with specified disabilities for
purposes of determining the new special education factor
funding, anticipating conforming changes to categorical
funding programs, following enactment of the bill, to use
special education categorical funding only for high-cost
disability reimbursement grants; and
  • Applies English language learner factor funding for up to
7 years to all English language learners, except for those
students with no English proficiency, anticipating
conforming changes to categorical funding programs,
following enactment of the bill, to use categorical funding
only for students with no English proficiency.
The bill creates a hold-harmless provision if a district's total
program funding under the new public school funding distribution
formula is less than it was under the 1994 formula without the budget
stabilization reduction in funding.
The bill takes effect only if voters approve a ballot measure no
later than the 2022 statewide general election that increases funding for
preschool through high school public education.

D. Young (D)A. Kerr (D)
D. Coram (R)
EducationBill Documents
HB18-1277 BEST Building Excellent Schools Today Financial Assistance Grant Application Requirements EducationFiscal Notes (07/17/2018)03/07/2018

Concerning a requirement that an application for a "Building Excellent Schools Today Act" grant of financial assistance for public school capital construction include a plan for the future use or disposition of any existing public school facility that the applicant will stop using for its current use if it receives the grant.

Bill History - Capital Construction
- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (05/29/2018)Votes all Legislatorsc


Capital Development Committee. Beginning with the state fiscal
year 2019-20 grant cycle, the bill requires an application made to the
public school capital construction assistance board under the Building
Excellent Schools Today Act for a grant of financial assistance that is for
either the construction of a new public school facility that will replace one
or more existing public school facilities or the reconstruction or
expansion of an existing public school facility to include a plan for the
future use or disposition of any existing public school facility that the
applicant will stop using for its current use if it receives the grant.

J. Becker (R)
D. Esgar (D)
J. Kefalas (D)
R. Baumgardner (R)
EducationBill Documents
HB18-1309 Programs Addressing Educator Shortages State, Veterans, and Military AffairsFiscal Notes (06/22/2018)03/21/2018

Concerning programs addressing educator shortages.

Bill History - Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Higher Education
Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (05/29/2018)Votes all Legislatorsc

The bill requires the Colorado department of education and the
Colorado department of higher education to create the framework for a
grow your own educator program that includes the following provisions:
  • Enrollment in a grow your own educator program at a
participating institution of higher education;
  • Employment with a school district or a district or institute
charter school (charter school) under a teacher of record
license during the student's final year of the grow your own

educator program;
  • Payment of tuition by the school district or charter school
for up to the student's last 36 credit hours of the grow your
own educator program;
  • In exchange for payment of tuition, the student's
commitment to work in the same school district or charter
school for 3 years after completion of the grow your own
educator program; and
  • A state grant to the employing school district or charter
school to pay a portion of up to the final 36 credit hours of
the student's in-state tuition at the institution of higher
education, limited to a certain number of new students
annually.
Institutions of higher education and participating school districts
or charter schools are required to enter into an agreement that includes
provisions set forth in the bill. Further, school districts or charter schools
and teachers of record employed by the school district or charter school
are required to enter into an agreement that includes provisions set forth
in the bill.
The bill establishes a teacher of record license for a student who
has completed all or substantially all of the course work requirements for
a baccalaureate degree, but has not completed teacher field work
requirements. A student who holds a teacher of record license may be
employed by a school district or charter school through the grow your
own educator program or through a teacher of record program established
in the bill. The student must work for a school district or charter school
that has identified a critical teacher shortage and has a vacant position for
which no other qualified applicant has applied. A teacher of record
license is valid for 2 years.
The bill creates a second program that authorizes local education
providers, as defined in the bill, to implement a one- or 2-year teacher of
record program. As part of a teacher of record program, a local education
provider, as defined in the bill, may employ a person holding a teacher of
record license in a vacant position if there are no other qualified, licensed
applicants to fill the position.
The bill amends the special services intern authorization to allow
the authorization to be renewed for a second academic year if the intern
is employed by a school district or board of cooperative services and the
intern has not completed a program of preparation for a special services
provider due to unforseen circumstances or hardship.
The bill amends the school counselor corps grant program to
define school counselor to include a person who holds a special
services intern authorization. The bill amends the behavioral heath care
professional matching grant program to include state-certified
professionals qualified to provide services to children and adolescents.
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J. Wilson (R)
J. Coleman (D)
O. Hill (R)EducationBill Documents
HB18-1333 Concerning part C child find responsibilities of state departments, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. AppropriationsFiscal Notes (09/24/2018)03/26/2018 Concerning part C child find responsibilities of state departments, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

 

Bill History - Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Human Services
Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (04/30/2018)Votes all Legislatorsc

Joint Budget Committee. Child find, part of the federal
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, requires states to identify
and serve children with disabilities. Part C of child find concerns
identifying children from birth through 2 years of age for early
intervention services. Part C child find is administered by the department

of education. Early intervention services for children through 2 years of
age are administered by the state department of human services.
The bill defines early intervention evaluations as evaluations
performed pursuant to part C child find. The bill requires the state
department of human services and the department of education to enter
into an interagency agreement (agreement) to study the administration of
early intervention evaluations. The departments are required to enter into
the agreement by October 1, 2018, and to report the results of the study
performed pursuant to the agreement to the joint budget committee by
June 30, 2019.

D. Young (D)K. Lambert (R)AppropriationsBill Documents
HB18-1379 Public School Finance EducationFiscal Notes (09/17/2018)04/11/2018Bill History - Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (05/24/2018)Votes all Legislatorsc

SECTION 1. The bill increases the statewide base per pupil
funding for the 2018-19 budget year by $222.57 to account for inflation,
for a new statewide base per pupil funding of $6,768.77.
SECTION 2. The bill sets the minimum district total program
funding for the 2018-19 budget year. The district total program funding
reflects a $150 million reduction in the budget stabilization factor over
the prior budget year.
SECTION 3. For the 2018-19 budget year, the bill distributes $30

million on a per-pupil basis to large rural districts and small rural districts
including district charter schools and each institute charter school whose
accounting district is a large or small rural district. Large rural districts
share 55% of the appropriation, and small rural districts share 45% of the
appropriation. The bill uses a district's funded pupil count for the 2017-18
budget year. The bill specifies the intended uses of the money.
SECTION 4. The bill increases by 1,000 slots the number of early
childhood at-risk enhancement, or ECARE, slots that may be used for
preschool students or to extend kindergarten to full-day kindergarten.
SECTION 5. The bill transfers any general fund surplus
remaining at the end of the 2017-18 state fiscal year to the state education
fund.
SECTION 6. Under current law, money appropriated for the
English Language Proficiency Act (act) is allocated 75% to serve
students who have no or limited English language proficiency and 25%
to serve students who are newly fluent in English but who need
monitoring. The bill changes the funding allocation for the act by
allocating funding proportionately, based on the number of students who
have no or limited English proficiency and the number of students who
are newly fluent but who need monitoring.
SECTION 7. The bill amends the requirements relating to core
course level participation and performance reports by limiting reporting
on core courses to only the middle and high school levels and by delaying
the date by which the department shall make the report available on its
website.
SECTION 8. The bill amends the reporting requirement relating
to the annual report on the effectiveness of educator preparation programs
to require the inclusion of certain data in the report only if the data is
available at the time of the annual report.

B. Pettersen (D)
J. Wilson (R)
O. Hill (R)EducationBill Documents
SB18-004 Funding For Full-day Kindergarten State, Veterans, and Military AffairsFiscal Notes (06/04/2018)01/10/2018

Concerning increasing the funding for preschool through twelfth grade public education, and, in connection therewith, increasing the funding for full-day kindergarten and requiring the secretary of state to submit a ballot question to authorize the state to retain and spend for preschool through twelfth grade public education any state revenues above the excess state revenues cap approved by the voters in 2005.

Bill History - Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Full Text of BillLobbyistsSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/05/2018)Votes all Legislatorsc

Under existing law, the Public School Finance Act of 1994 funds
kindergarten students as half-day pupils plus the supplemental
kindergarten enrollment. Under existing law, the supplemental
kindergarten enrollment is an additional .08 of a full-day pupil. The bill
increases the supplemental kindergarten enrollment for the 2017-18
budget year and each budget year thereafter to .15 of a full-day pupil.
The bill expresses the general assembly's intent to increase funding
annually for full-day kindergarten starting in the 2018-19 budget year and
continuing through the 2022-23 budget year so that by the 2022-23
budget year, the general assembly is funding kindergarten students as
full-day pupils.
Pursuant to referendum C passed by the voters in 2005, the state
is currently authorized to retain and spend up to a capped amount of
revenues each year that would otherwise be refunded in accordance with
the taxpayer's bill of rights. Subject to a vote of the people, the bill
authorizes the state to retain and spend all additional excess revenues
beginning in the 2017-18 fiscal year. The general assembly is required to
appropriate the additional retained money first to fund kindergarten pupils
as full-day pupils and then to fund the state's share of total program
funding. The state treasurer must transfer any amount of remaining
additional excess revenues to the state education fund. The director of
research of the legislative council must prepare an annual report
concerning how the retained excess revenues are expended. The secretary
of state is directed to place the question of whether to allow the state to
retain excess revenues on the ballot for the 2018 general election.

A. Kerr (D)Bill Documents
SB18-013 Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act EducationFiscal Notes (06/21/2018)01/10/2018

Concerning expanding the grades eligible for the child nutrition school lunch protection program.

Bill History - Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (05/29/2018)Votes all Legislatorsc

Current law creates an annual appropriation to provide lunches at
no charge to children in state-subsidized early childhood education
programs administered by public schools or in kindergarten through fifth
grade who would otherwise have to pay for a reduced-price lunch.
The bill extends the grade of eligibility to eighth grade in schools
that elect to participate in the expanded program.

The bill authorizes an annual appropriation, including a cap on the
amount of the annual appropriation, to cover the expanded grades of
eligible children.

D. Michaelson Jenet (D)R. Fields (D)
R. Gardner (R)
EducationBill Documents
SB18-085 Financial Incentives For Education In Rural Areas EducationFiscal Notes (06/26/2018)01/16/2018

Concerning providing financial incentives for educators to work in rural areas.

Bill History - Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (05/24/2018)Votes all Legislatorsc

Current law allows the department of higher education to provide
up to 20 financial stipends annually, not to exceed $6,000 each, to
teachers in rural schools or school districts (rural schools) who are
seeking certification as a national board certified teacher, seeking
certification as a concurrent enrollment teacher, or furthering their
professional development plan through continuing education, and who

commit to employment in a rural school for a minimum of 3 years. The
bill increases the number of available stipends to 60 and expands it to
include teachers completing an approved alternative licensure program
leading to initial licensure and full-time employment in a rural school or
board of cooperative services that serves rural schools and individuals
completing the required course work leading to certification as a special
services provider and employment in a rural school or a board of
cooperative services that serves rural schools.

B. McLachlan (D)N. Todd (D)EducationBill Documents
SB18-215 Additional Funding For Small Rural Schools EducationFiscal Notes (06/04/2018)03/19/2018 Concerning additional funding for rural schools for the 2018-19 budget year.

 

Bill History - Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Full Text of BillLobbyistsSenate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (04/26/2018)Votes all Legislatorsc

The bill directs the general assembly to appropriate $10 million for
the 2018-19 budget year to the department of education to distribute to
small rural districts and institute charter schools that are located within
small rural districts. The money is distributed on a per pupil basis based
on the student enrollment or funded pupil count for the 2017-18 budget
year. If the rural district is the authorizer for a district charter school, the

rural district must distribute the full per pupil share of the amount
received to the district charter school.

D. Valdez (D)
J. Reyher (R)
D. Coram (R)
L. Crowder (R)
Bill Documents
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