HB20-1238 (Gonzales-Gutierrez & Michaelson Janet) Safe and Healthy Learning Environments for Students
The bill would require the Department of Education to prioritize school safety grant applicants that shift efforts away from school policing and toward evidence-based practices designed to promote safe learning environments. The department would give preference to applicants that articulate a comprehensive approach to significantly reduce the use of school policing, school resource officers ad invasive security technologies and practices, while promoting access to mental health resources, restorative justice programs and trauma-informed approaches.
The preference criteria would only apply to the student re-engagement grant program, the expelled and at-risk student services grant program, the school bullying prevention and education grant program, and the behavioral health care professional matching grant program.
The Colorado Children’s Campaign supports this bill as a commonsense step to align grant funding for school safety with schools and districts who are committed to fostering evidenced-based and promising practices to improve the health and wellbeing of their students and prevent school-based violence.
Assigned to the House Education Committee where it will be heard on Tuesday Feb. 18 at 1:30pm in Room 0107.