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HB 20-1111: Parent Authority To Require Educational Reforms

Bill Summary:

The bill authorizes the parents of children enrolled in a low-performing school, or the parents of children enrolled in schools that matriculate to the low-performing school, (petitioners) to petition the school district board of education for the low-performing school, or the state charter school institute board if the low-performing school is an institute charter school, (oversight board) to implement specified reforms. A school is considered low-performing if it is required to adopt a priority improvement or turnaround plan for 2 consecutive school years. The bill specifies the types of reforms that petitioners may request and the requirements for petitions. A petition must be signed by at least 50% of the parents of students enrolled in the low-performing school or in schools that matriculate to the low-performing school. If an oversight board receives a valid petition, the oversight board must hold a hearing at which the petitioners may present the requested reforms. The oversight board may propose alternative reforms, and the petitioners may amend the requested reforms or withdraw the petition. At the conclusion of the meeting, if the petitioners have not withdrawn the petition, the oversight board must vote whether to implement the reforms, as originally presented or as amended, and adopt a plan to implement the reforms by the following school year. If the oversight board chooses not to approve and adopt a plan to implement the reforms, the petitioners may submit the petition to the state board of education (state board) and may consider recall procedures against the oversight board if it is a school district board of education. If the state board receives a petition, it must hold a public hearing at which it takes testimony from the petitioners, other eligible parents, and the oversight board concerning the requested reforms. At the conclusion of the meeting, the state board must decide whether to require the school district or state charter school institute, whichever is applicable, to implement the reforms or require other specified actions. If the state board requires the school district or the institute to take actions, the low-performing school is subject to the same oversight and requirements that apply to public schools that have been on priority improvement or turnaround plans for 5 school years.

CEA Position Rationale: HB20-18-1355 made updates to the accountability process that are designed to engage all stakeholders-create space for parent voices, and even a process for external input on school policy. This bill does not improve this process, rather it removes professional voice from the process, and violates local control.
Legislative Priorities: Accountability and Evaluation System Reform, Prioritize Working Families and Union Values, Dismantle Inequitable and Racist Structures, Attract and Retain High Quality Educators and Improve Educator Workload
Tier: 2

CEA Opposed

House Status: Fail
Final Status: Postpone Indefinitely

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Pro-Education VoteAnti-Education VoteNo vote taken

House Votes:

Duran, MonicaDemocratDistrict 24Pro-Education Vote
Humphrey, StephenRepublicanDistrict 48Anti-Education Vote
Jaquez Lewis, SonyaDemocratDistrict 12Pro-Education Vote
Kennedy, ChrisDemocratDistrict 23Pro-Education Vote
Lontine, SusanDemocratDistrict 1Pro-Education Vote
Rich, JaniceRepublicanDistrict 55Anti-Education Vote
Sirota, EmilyDemocratDistrict 9Pro-Education Vote
Williams, DaveRepublicanDistrict 15Anti-Education Vote
Woodrow, StevenDemocratDistrict 15Pro-Education Vote