Nation-leading Data Bill up for Hearing Today
This afternoon, Rep. Alec Garnett (D-Denver) and I will present HB16-1423--a bill designed to be one of the toughest pieces of data privacy legislation in the country--before Colorado’s House Committee on Education. Should House Bill 1423 get through the House and Senate, Colorado will join the small group of states (four to date) that have passed data privacy protection laws to safeguard students’ identities.
The legislation defines what data is being collected by third parties from our students, who has access to this data, what they can do with it, and with whom and under what circumstances it may be shared.
Here are examples of some of the most recent media coverage. To view, click on the images below.
A recent press release by the Colorado House Minority Office outlines what the bill does:
HB16-1423 is up for hearing before the House Committee on Education on today, April 11th, at 1:30pm in HCR 0112. As always we invite you to come participate in or watch the proceedings at the Capitol this afternoon.
Holding the Colorado Legislature to the "It's For Education" Promise
In 2012 the promises made to promote Amendment 64, also known as the Colorado Marijuana Legalization Initiative, were driven by the message that revenue from legalizing pot in Colorado would support our public schools.
Last week when we debated this year’s appropriations bill on the House floor I charged the Colorado Legislature to keep that promise. Watch part of the conversation here.
Last fiscal year, Colorado allocated a significant amount of marijuana tax dollars for pesticide application training in marijuana and hemp growing facilities. The amendment I offered would have redirected the additional $919,000 from pesticide training programs into the public schools. The amendment was defeated by the Democrat controlled House.
Party line vote Kills Concurrent Enrollment
A bill that would have given greater control of education options to parents and their students and provided students more opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school was killed by the Democrats in House Committee on Education, Wednesday this past week.
HB16-1128 would have achieved several goals in the effort to provide more and better education options to Colorado students. The bill would have ensured that every state district affords students the opportunity to take advantage of concurrent enrollment, required schools to communicate--twice annually--that the option exists, and expanded students’ options for study through broader transferability and choice of institutions of higher education.
This shift in the balance of power, although uncomfortable for the education establishment, is appropriate when you consider that a properly framed education system is one that’s student-centric, and puts education choice primarily in the hands of parents and their children.
Why is concurrent enrollment so important? Because it is one of the places in the K-12 education system where we are actually getting a win. Through concurrent enrollment, students are getting a leg up on their college and career aspirations, by launching them ahead en route to a degree, and often significantly reducing the massive debt that many will ultimately drag away from college. Concurrent enrollment has proven to be a game changer for many students by exposure to college courses, higher graduation rates, and lower levels of remediation. This has been especially true for many at-risk or first generation students who would not have even thought college to be an option. The potential to succeed in college expands dramatically for all students who have the opportunity to take advantage of concurrent enrollment options.
Although this was met with much resistance from the education system, I am unmoved in my commitment to afford students more freedom to craft their own education experience, to ensure that parents and students know what options are available to them, and to expand opportunities for all students in every district to participate in concurrent enrollment programs that will ultimately serve as a potential gateway to brighter futures.
As always, I welcome your input and feedback and would love to hear from you.