The Senate is expected to clear the 2011-12 budget package this morning and send it on to the House.
Then it’s the turn of the Republican-controlled House to caucus for hours, prepare doomed amendments and debate next year’s state budget on the floor.
As happened in the Senate last week, no major changes are expected in the budget package, including the cuts to K-12 spending and the higher education system.
With the budget behind it, the Senate can turn back to other business. Two significant education bills are on its backlogged calendar, Senate Bill 11-126, resident tuition eligibility for undocumented students, and Senate Bill 11-052, higher education performance funding. Both have been the focus of ongoing negotiations and may or may not be ready for floor action this week.
It also will be a big week for the State Board of Education, which will be interviewing commissioner candidates and received the recommendations of the State Council on Educator Effectiveness.
What’s on tap:
Go here for this week’s full legislative calendar, as of April 8.
The Cherry Creek School board meets at 7 p.m. at Trails West Elementary School, 5400 S. Waco St. in Centennial
The State Board of Education holds a two-day meeting starting at 10:15 a.m. in the boardroom at 201 E. Colfax Ave. The agenda is packed: The board will receive the report of the State Council for Educator Effectiveness, consider a charter school appeal involving Imagine Pioneer Academy and the Falcon district and continue its hearing on a proposed rule requiring parent notification when school district employees are arrested. Board members also will be interviewing commissioner candidates in executive session before and after the public meeting.
The St. Vrain Valley board meets at 7 p.m., at the Educational Services Center, 395 South Pratt Parkway in Longmont
The State Board of Education convenes for a brief public session at 10:15 a.m. before adjourning for more private commissioner interviews.
The Jefferson County school board will have a strategic planning and advisory council meeting in the boardroom of the education center, 1829 Denver West Drive No. 27 in Golden. Agenda
Good reads from elsewhere:
No room to talk?: The deadlocked debate over education reform. The New York Times.