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Monday Churn: Parent trigger passes

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Updated 3 p.m. – The House Education Committee this afternoon voted 7-6 to pass House Bill 12-1149, which would allow parents of students enrolled in a school that has operated under a priority improvement or turnaround plan for two consecutive years to submit a petition to the State Board of Education requesting the school be reconfigured immediately.

Under the current accountability system, the SBE can take action on such schools after five years on either accreditation status. The parent petition would have to be signed by more than 50 percent of the families of the students at the school. The state board could deny the petition, direct an action to take effect in the next school year or reconsider the petition in the next school year. The bill also sets timelines for the new process.

Witnesses representing the Colorado League of Charter Schools and the Metro Organizations for People supported the bill, while representatives of the Colorado Association of School Boards and the Colorado Education Association opposed it. All seven committee Republicans voted yes and all Democrats voted no.

Prime sponsor of the bill is Rep. Don Beezley, R-Broomfield and vice chair of House Ed. The measure has several Republican cosponsors, but no Democrats and no senators are signed up. Beezley proposed a similar, tougher bill last year, but it died in House Ed when two Republicans joined six Democrats in voting no.

The bill now goes to the House Appropriations Committee.

See this week’s full schedule of education-related legislative hearings here.

The Campaign for Colorado State University has passed its $500 million fundraising goal, university officials announced Friday. More information

What’s on tap:

TODAY

Denver school board members on the finance and audit committee meet at 4:30 p.m. at district headquarters, 900 Grant St. Agenda not yet posted, should be here.

TUESDAY

The Colorado State University Board of Governors opens a three-day retreat and regular meeting in Pueblo. Agenda not yet posted.

Aurora school board members meet at 5 p.m. for a closed session on employee negotiations and convene in public at 6 p.m. The agenda includes an update on the 2012-13 budget. The meeting is at the district’s educational services center, 1085 Peoria St.

WEDNESDAY

The State Board of Education meets starting at 9 a.m. in the boardroom at 201 E. Colfax Ave. The meeting continues on Thursday. Agenda highlights

THURSDAY

The State Board of Education’s February meeting resumes at 9 a.m.

The EdNews’ Churn is a daily roundup of briefs, notes and meetings in the world of Colorado education. To submit an item for consideration in this listing, please email us at EdNews@EdNewsColorado.org.

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