The calendar indicates 12 days left until the Colorado General Assembly must adjourn on May 11.
However, unless legislative leadership calls for a weekend session -
always possible - there are really only eight legislative working days
Key bills from BVSD's perspective still to have action
completed are the 2016-17 amendments to the Colorado School Finance Act,
HB 1423 concerning student data privacy and House Bills 1420 and 1450, which are both focused on moving the Hospital Provider Fee from state
government's general fund to an enterprise fund thereby eliminating it's
revenues from TABOR revenue cap calculations in the future.
Also still in play are two bills BVSD opposes as an
unwarranted state intrusion upon local school district authority in the
governance of charter schools. Senate Bill 187 seeks to override locally
elected school boards' management of their charter school relationships
by giving greater oversight to the appointed State Charter Institute.
Senate Bill 188 would have the state dictate the distribution of local,
voter-approved mill levy revenue. On April 26, at its regular board
meeting, the BVSD Board of Education unanimously voted for a resolution
to formally oppose both SB 187 and SB 188. In addition, another charter
governance bill was introduced April 29 by the sponsors SB 187 and 188.
This new bill - SB 208 - is being reviewed now by BVSD.
This session, like most sessions, appears headed to a photo finish. Stay tuned.