HB 17-1211 (Coleman/Priola) Disciplinary Strategies Professional Development for Educators

Originally Posted: March 3, 2017
Last Updated: May 5, 2017


This bill would create the Discipline Strategies Pilot Program to provide funds to school districts for professional development for educators in the use of evidence-based, culturally responsive disciplinary training and developmentally appropriate responses to the behavioral issues of young children in preschool through 3rd grade. The pilot program will be funded with gifts, grants, and donations.


The Children’s Campaign strongly supports this bill, which would provide supports to educators on developmentally appropriate strategies for young children’s behavior in the classroom so that all children can reach their full potential.

Current Status

The bill passed the House and the Senate and now heads to the governor’s desk for signature.

Previous Statuses

April 28, 2017

Passed the Senate Education Committee on a 4-3 vote and now heads to the Senate floor for debate.

April 21, 2017

Awaiting action by the Senate Education Committee.

April 14, 2017

Assigned to the Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Monday, April 17 at 1:30 in Room 357.

March 24, 2017

The bill passed the House on a bipartisan 41-24 vote and now heads to the Senate.

March 17, 2017

Passed the House Education Committee on a bipartisan 10-3 vote and now heads to the House floor. Bill Jaeger, our Vice President of Early Childhood Initiatives, testified in support of the bill.

March 3, 2017

Introduced in the House and assigned to the House Education Committee, where it is scheduled to be heard on Monday, March 13 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 0112.