SB18-008 (Merrifield) Reward Access to Arts Education in Public Schools

Originally Posted: January 19, 2018
Last Updated: January 19, 2018


The bill creates an additional performance indicator in school and district accountability that measures the degree to which schools provide access to arts education and directs the State Board of Education to adopt rules by which additional credit could be earned toward performance ratings.


The Children’s Campaign opposes this bill. We know how important it is for students to be able to access the arts in public schools, but believe the bill’s provisions would have unintended consequences for equity across school districts. Adding bonus points for access to certain types of courses has the potential to unfairly punish schools that struggle to add them easily, such as rural schools. As a member of the Colorado Department of Education’s Accountability Work Group, we have recommended other indicators that serve as early predictors of student success for inclusion in accountability systems, such as improvement in chronic absenteeism rates.

Current Status

The bill died in the Senate Education Committee on a vote of 4-3

Previous Status

January 19, 2018

Assigned to the Senate Education Committee