Safe Students Sound Data
Today, you are increasingly defined by the trail of digital information you create as you complete emails, visit social media sites or transact your business online. The same is true of students who participate in compulsory public education. The data points students create as they study, collaborate and take tests in the digital world become a signature. Defining and protecting that student identity is increasingly important--and very poorly done in many circumstances today.
In partnership with Rep. Alec Garnett (D-Denver) we have crafted legislation to attack this issue, which many experts say has risen to the level of a crisis. The bill is designed to improve trust between parents, the community and public education; protect students including their digital identity; help districts and education providers continue to innovate; and level the playing field for vendors who are working to improve learning opportunities.
The bill makes transparent what data is collected, who may access it, for what purposes, how it must be secured and when it must be destroyed. We anticipate the bill will be introduced in the next several days.
Advocating for Human Trafficking Victims
HB16-1224 is scheduled for hearing this week before the House Public Health Care and Human Services committee. My goals with this legislation are to provide broader protections and resources to child victims of human trafficking.
The bill creates avenues to do so by clarifying that commercial sexual exploitation of a minor meets the definition of “child abuse” and “neglect” in the law books. It would require county departments of human or social services, in collaboration with law enforcement, to immediately provide resources to identified victims and act legally on their behalf in juvenile court. And finally it implements the statewide use of a screening tool to help identify those who are victims or are at risk of becoming victims of trafficking.
The hearing will take place on Tuesday, March 8th, at 1:30pm in HCR 0107 at the Capitol. As always you are invited to come watch and participate in the proceedings. We hope to see you there.
Next Generation's Press & Media Associates
On Monday student members of the newspaper staff from Palmer Ridge High School, Co-Editor-in-Chief Savannah Olmstead, Editor Evan Ochsner and Photographer Holly Knutsen, came to the Capitol to participate in the annual Colorado Student Media Association Capitol Hill Press Conference. It was a great opportunity to discuss the issues affecting public schools in Colorado with these young aspiring future journalists and education advocates.
Colorado Realtors Day at the Capitol
It was fantastic to connect with all the many wonderful Real Estate agents from the Pikes Peak Association of REALTORS at their legislative day at the Capitol on February 29th. Thank you to Representative Dan Nordberg for sponsoring their visit, and to all of the realtors for the work you do in our communities.
Thank you for your continued support. I always love hearing from you.