2019 Legislative Session

  • The 2019 Legislative Session commenced on Friday, January 4, 2019 with Democrats having majorities in both the Colorado House and Senate, in addition to the Governorship, Treasurer, Secretary of State and Attorney General.

    Governor’s Budget
    On Wednesday, January 16, Governor Jared Polis presented his proposed 2019-20 budget amendments to the Joint Budget Committee with full-day Kindergarten being his top priority. The Full-day Kindergarten Background document provides an overview of this proposal and CASB’s position.

    A few relevant points from the Governor’s proposed budget amendments include:

    • Free full-day Kindergarten ($227 million — summary provides additional detail)

    • Full-day Kindergarten Implementation Support ($25.7 million)

    • Additional CPP Slots (preschool access) ($13 million)

    • Education Leadership Council proposed programs ($10 million)

      • Bolster teacher training and retention efforts ($3 million)

      • Principal training ($1 million)

      • High school students earn industry credentials ($3 million)

      • Expand concurrent enrollment programs that allow high school students to take college courses at no cost ($1.5 million)

      • Provide career coaches for high school students ($1.5 million)

    • Teacher Loan Forgiveness and Incentives to Teach in Rural Colorado — $6.5 million

    • Maintains the Hickenlooper-proposed $77 million buydown of the Budget Stabilization factor (negative factor)

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    Special Delegate Assembly scheduled for Thursday, February 28, during the 2019 CASB Winter Legislative Conference. 
    A Special Delegate Assembly is being called because the topic of taxpayer inequities in school funding is gaining steam in the media and at the legislature, and the likelihood of legislation that would re-establish a uniform statewide mill levy continues to increase. The nature of this proposal is complex and its effects are significant to CASB membership. Learn more. Registration details.

    Proposed Legislation
    During each legislative session, on average 80 education-related bills are considered. The 2018 CASB resolutions adopted through the Delegates Assembly guide CASB’s advocacy and legislative platform. The CASB Legislative/Resolutions Committee meets to take positions on legislation based on our membership’s direction provided through adopted resolutions.

    The following interactive graphic allows you to delve deeper into bills proposed this legislative session. It can be used during regular legislative updates at school board meetings, allowing you to drill down to additional information as the session proceeds (interactive links take you to the proposed legislation, CASB’s position, where it stands in the legislative process, etc.).