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Legislative education calendar March 28-April 1

This is the legislative schedule of education-related bills and events for March 28-April 1, as of March 25. Floor calendars are subject to change and addition, and committee calendars occasionally change.

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MONDAY

10 a.m. – Senate final consideration
– House Bill 11-1169 – Information sharing by campus police
– House Bill 11-1155 – Authority of lieutenant governor to serve as agency director
– Senate Bill 11-070 – Services for special needs college students

Senate preliminary consideration
– Senate Bill 11-052 – Higher education performance funding (may be laid over)
– Senate Bill 11-126 – Resident tuition for undocumented students (may be laid over)
– House Bill 11-1126 – Parent involvement in school improvement plans
– Senate Bill 11-173 – School safety

1:30 p.m. – House Education Committee, room 0112
– House Bill 11-1277 – Changes to special education, online and other CDE requirements

1:30 p.m. – Joint Budget Committee, JBC hearing room
– Balancing of 2011-12 state budget

TUESDAY

8:30 a.m. – Conference committee, room 0111
– House Bill 11-1069 – Physical activity in elementary schools

Upon floor adjournment – Joint Budget Committee, JBC hearing room
– Meeting as needed on balancing of 2011-12 state budget

WEDNESDAY

8 a.m. – Joint education committees, room 0112
– Meeting with Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia about higher education issues

Upon floor adjournment – Senate Education Committee, room 354
– House Bill 11-1201 – Streamlining educator licensing

Upon floor adjournment – Joint Budget Committee, JBC hearing room
– Meeting as needed on balancing of 2011-12 state budget alancing of 2011-12 state budget

1:30 p.m. – House State Affairs Committee, room 0112
– House Bill 11-1248 – Membership changes to PERA board

THURSDAY

Upon floor adjournment – Joint Budget Committee, JBC hearing room
– Meeting as needed on balancing of 2011-12 state budget alancing of 2011-12 state budget

1:30 p.m. – Senate Education Committee, room 354
– Trustee nominations for Adams State College and the School for the Deaf and Blind
– House Bill 11-1145 – Child care background checks

FRIDAY

Upon floor adjournment – Joint Budget Committee, JBC hearing room
– Meeting as needed on balancing of 2011-12 state budget alancing of 2011-12 state budget

1 p.m. – Colorado Commission on Higher Education, 1 p.m. in the Old Supreme Court Chambers at the Capitol

Use the Education Bill Tracker for links to bill texts and status information

meet the candidates

These candidates are running for Detroit school board. Watch them introduce themselves.

Nine candidates are vying for two seats on Detroit's school board in November. Seven submitted photos.

One candidate tells of a childhood in a house without heat.

Another describes the two-hour commute he made to high school every day to build a future that would one day enable him to give back to Detroit.

A third says her work as a student activist inspired her to run for school board as a recent high school grad.

These candidates are among nine people vying for two seats up for grabs on Detroit’s seven-member school board on Nov. 6. That includes one incumbent and many graduates of the district.

Chalkbeat is partnering with Citizen Detroit to present a school board candidate forum Thursday, Sept. 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at IBEW Local 58, 1358 Abbott St., Detroit.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet each candidate and ask questions in a speed-dating format.

In anticipation of that event, Citizen Detroit invited each of the candidates to make a short video introducing themselves to voters. Seven candidates made videos.

Watch them here:

School safety

Report lists litany of failings over police in Chicago schools

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Police officers stand alongside Lake Shore Drive in August as protesters decry violence and lack of investment in African-American neighborhoods and schools

The Chicago Police Department doesn’t adequately screen and train the officers it assigns to Chicago Public Schools, and their roles in schools are poorly defined, according to a sharply critical report released today by the Office of Inspector General Joseph Ferguson.

The report lists a litany of failings, including basic administration: There is no current agreement between the police department and the district governing the deployment of school resource officers, or SROs, and neither the schools nor the police even have a current list of the officers working in schools this year.

The inspector general’s report also mentions several sets of SRO resources and best practices created and endorsed by the federal government, then notes that Chicago hasn’t adopted any of them. “CPD’s current lack of guidance and structure for SROs amplifies community concerns and underscores the high probability that students are unnecessarily becoming involved in the criminal justice system, despite the availability of alternate solutions,” says the report.

Chalkbeat reported in August about incidents in which SROs used batons and tasers on students while intervening in routine disciplinary matters.

Scrutiny of SROs is nothing new, and is part of the broader CPD consent decree brokered this week between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. That agreement calls for better training and vetting of SROs, as well as a clearer delineation of their roles on campuses—including a prohibition against participating in routine school discipline — beginning with the 2019-20 school year.

Read more: How the police consent decree could impact Chicago schools

But the report from Ferguson’s office says that the consent decree doesn’t go far enough. It chastises police for not pledging to include the community in the creation of its agreement with the school district, nor in the establishment of hiring guidelines; and for not creating a plan for evaluating SROs’ performance, among other recommendations. In addition, the report criticizes the police department for delaying the reforms until the 2019-20 school year. A draft of the inspector general’s report was given to the police department in early August in hopes that some of the issues could be resolved in time for the school year that began last week. The police department asked for an extension for its reply.