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Bill Detail: HB20-1276

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Title Individualized Student Degree Programs
Status House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (03/05/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors T. Geitner (R)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee Education
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 02/03/2020

The bill creates the Colorado individualized combined degree pilot
program (pilot program) that the department of higher education must
administer, working with the department of education. The pilot program
is designed to assist school districts and charter schools in providing
individualized degree programs that enable a participating student to

design and complete an educational program that is unique to the student
and results in the simultaneous completion of a high school diploma and
a baccalaureate degree during the 4 years in which the student is enrolled
in high school.
A school district or charter school may apply to participate in the
pilot program by submitting an application to the department of higher
education, which shall select up to 10 participants. Each participating
school district and charter school must establish a local individualized
combined degree program (local program), which must meet specified
requirements. Each participating school district or charter school must
transfer a specified percentage of per pupil revenue to the individualized
degree account created for each participating student that is enrolled in
the school district or charter school.
The bill specifies that each student who participates in a local
program must, with the student's parents, select individuals to serve as an
advisory board to help the student design and complete the student's
individualized degree program. The student's individualized degree
program may be an existing baccalaureate degree program at an
institution of higher education or may be designed specifically to meet the
student's unique educational and career goals. A uniquely designed degree
program must meet specified requirements and is subject to approval by
the Colorado commission on higher education. Each participating student
must apply for federal and state student financial assistance. A portion of
the money annually appropriated for state student financial assistance
must be distributed to students participating in local programs based on
each student's demonstrated financial need.
Each participating student must create an individual degree
account with collegeinvest. The money that the student receives from the
school district or charter school and the state and federal financial
assistance that the student receives must be credited to the account. The
student, with the approval of the student's parent and advisory board,
must use the money in the student's account only to pay for the costs
incurred in obtaining the student's baccalaureate degree.
On or before January 15, 2024, and annually thereafter through
2030, the department of higher education, working with the department
of education, shall prepare a report concerning the effectiveness of the
pilot program and submit the report to the governor, the Colorado
commission on higher education, the state board of education, and the
education committees of the general assembly. The pilot program is
repealed, July 1, 2030.

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