HB 16-1291 (Duran/Hill) Modern Technology Education in Public Schools

Originally Posted: March 4, 2016
Last Updated: April 22, 2016

Summary

The bill directs the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to update the academic standards to include technology skills and creates a voluntary resource bank that schools and districts can use to expand school programming for computer science. The bill also creates a grant program for public school teachers that want additional training to teach computer science courses.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports updating academic standards to include important digital learning skills, and developing educators who are teaching subjects like technology and computer science. Colorado public schools have standards in 10 content areas, but the current system lacks guidance for these digital literacy subjects.

Current Status

Passed the House with bipartisan support and is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Education Committee on Thursday, April 28 at 1:30 p.m. in SCR 356.

Previous Statuses


April 15, 2016

Passed the House Appropriations Committee as amended on a bipartisan 8-5 vote and passed on 2nd reading in the House.

April 1, 2016

Passed the House Education Committee as amended on a 9-2 bipartisan vote on Monday afternoon and was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

March 4, 2016

Scheduled to be heard by the House Education Committee on Monday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m. in HCR 0112.