2019 State Board Legislative Summary
During the 2019 session, the State Board put significant policy focus on addressing early learning and literacy.
- Upon its introduction, the Board voted unanimously to support SB19-199, the revamp of the READ Act, and we played a pivotal role in ensuring the bill’s overwhelming bi-partisan success in both chambers.
- The State Board also unanimously supported HB19-1134, addressing identification and Interventions for students with dyslexia. The support of the State Board was an important factor in the progress and passage of this legislation.
- In January, the State Board passed a Resolution in support of the governor's full-day kindergarten plan, and we voted unanimously to support HB19-1262, which provides funding for full day kindergarten in the school finance formula.
2019 State Board PositionsDuring the 2019 legislation session, there were 71 P-12 bills introduced. Of these, 51 passed and 20 failed. The State Board took an official position vote on eleven of these bills, supporting ten bills and opposing one.
- SB19-1008 Support, Passed, Signed -- Allows the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board to provide grants for equipment, new construction or retrofitting of public schools for career and technical education under the BEST program.
- SB19-069 Support, Passed, Signed -- Allows nonpublic schools to operate alternative licensure and induction programs for educators.
- SB19-176 Support, Passed -- Makes changes to state law related to concurrent enrollment
- SB19-199 Support, Passed -- READ Act Implementation Measures
- SB19-253 Support, Passed -- Clarifies that CDE is not a state agency for the purposes of the Governor’s Office of Information Technology IT services.
- HB19-1002 Support, Passed -- Establishes a professional development pilot program for public elementary, middle and high school principals.
- HB19-1032 Support, Passed -- Modifies the comprehensive sex ed grant program and the content requirements for school districts that offer a comprehensive sex ed curriculum.
- HB19-1134 Support, Passed -- Identification and Interventions for Students with Dyslexia,
- HB19-1186 Support, Passed, Signed -- Aligns statute to ensure teachers have practical options for obtaining fingerprints.
- HB19-1262 Support, Passed, Signed -- Provides funding for full day kindergarten in the school finance formula.
- SB19-074 Oppose, Postponed Indefinitely -- would have created a literacy scholarship program, providing $500 per year to parents to spend on literacy enrichment programs for students identified as having a significant reading deficiency.