Capitol Update: School finance, licensure, early learning in turnaround schools, contraceptive supply

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: April 21, 2017

Each week of the 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly we’ll bring you the latest news and analysis of legislation impacting the early development, health and education of Colorado kids. Click here to read about all of the legislation we’re tracking. Here are some highlights from this week:

HB 17-1186 (Pettersen & Landgraf/Coram) Health Coverage Prescription Contraceptives Supply

The bill requires health benefit plans that provide contraception coverage to reimburse providers for initially dispensing a three-month supply of prescription contraceptives and subsequently for dispensing a 12-month supply of the same prescription contraceptive to the insured person. We are thrilled that this bill passed with bipartisan support and now awaits the governor’s signature. Read more here.

SB17-103 (Merrifield) Early Learning Strategies in Education Accountability

The bill would enable a focus on early learning and development and K-3rd grade strategies as part of the state’s approach to turning around low-performing elementary schools. The bill passed out of the Senate with bipartisan support and will be heard in the House next week. Read more about our support of the bill and its next steps here.

HB17-1340 (Lundeen & Garnett) Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance

The bill would create an interim legislative committee to study school finance – both the funding formula and sources of revenue – and make recommendations for changes to K-12 education funding in Colorado. Read more about our testimony in support of the bill and its next steps here.

HB17-1332 (Bridges & Wilson/Fenberg & Smallwood) Access to Alternative Teacher Licensure for Early Childhood Educators

The bill would open up pathways to an alternative teacher license for community-based preschool and child care educators. It passed its first committee on Wednesday with strong bipartisan support and now heads to the full House. Read more about our support of the bill and its next steps here.

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.