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SB 13-193: Comprehensive Human Sexuality K-12 Education

SB 13-193: Comprehensive Human Sexuality K-12 Education

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SB 13-193 requires the holding of public meetings prior to plans being written for school improvement or turnaround plans.
SB 13-193 requires the holding of public meetings prior to plans being written for school improvement or turnaround plans.

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Published by: Senator Mike Johnston on Mar 22, 2013
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Office of Sen. Mike Johnston
Colorado General Assembly | 200 E. Colfax Avenue | Denver, CO 80203 |303.866.4864
F
ACT
S
HEET
M
EMORANDUM
SB 13-193
CONCERNING INCREASING PARENT ENGAGEMENT IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Staff Name
: Trey Arbuckle
What the Bill Does
:SB 13-193 requires the holding of public meetings prior to plans being written forschool improvement or turnaround plans. Additionally, several measures areimplemented to increase parent engagement in the school. These measuresinclude: publicizing openings on district and school accountability committees,soliciting parents to serve on these committees, and improving communicationsbetween schools and parents. The state advisory council for parent involvement ineducation will work with district and school accountability committees as well as thedepartment of education to increase parental engagement, and it will use keyindicators to develop metrics for measuring parental engagement. This council willreport its findings on parent engagement annually. Finally, each school district andthe state charter school institute shall identify and submit to the department of education the name of an employee who is responsible for parental engagement.
Colorado Context
:Currently school accountability committees are charged with various oversightresponsibilities and are empowered to provide input on a range of school matters,including: the evaluation of principals, the development of school discipline andconduct codes, budget decisions, and the preparation of school performance andimprovement plans. These committees do not have any responsibility or authorityfor cultivating parental engagement with schools and school districts under currentlaw.Many voices in Colorado have been encouraging further parental engagement inschools because of the conventional wisdom, backed up by various studies,
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thatstudents perform better academically when their parents are engaged.
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The sense
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See, e.g.
, Parental Involvement in Schools, National Center for School Engagement,http://www.schoolengagement.org/index.cfm/index.cfm/Parental%20Involvement%20in%20Schools.
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A Google search for “parent engagement in schools Colorado” brings up hits from Coloradoschool districts, the Colorado Department of Education, and education-focused non-profitorganizations in Colorado providing tools and information on how parents can get moreinvolved in the education of their children.
See, e.g.
, Why Parental Involvement is Crucial to Your Child’s Success, Colorado Education,http://www.ourcoloradonews.com/education/academic/why-parental-involvement-is-crucial-to-your-child-s-success/article_cc9e940a-648b-11e1-af15-0019bb2963f4.html.
DRAFT 3/22/2013 8:57 a3/p3For a complete list of fact sheets, visitwww.mikejohnston.org/in-the-legislature.
 
is that while schools value parent involvement, they have not always known howbest to encourage further parent involvement.
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National Context
:In New York, home of the largest school system in the country, there has beenwidespread discontent with the current level of parent involvement,
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and whilemany practical solutions have been promised and implemented, at least in part,there does not seem to be a statutory mandate comparable to the bill proposedhere. There are several states in different parts of the country with comparablestatutes, for example: Nevada,
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Rhode Island,
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Arkansas,
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and California.
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Thereseems to be a growing recognition across the country that parent involvement iscritical to the academic success of children. Each of the state statutes mentionedabove are attempts at improving the partnerships between parents and schools.
Bill Provisions
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Each school district accountability committee has the following powers andduties:
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increase the level of parent engagement in the school district and inthe public schools of the school district.
Each school accountability committee has the following powers and duties:
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publicize and hold a public meeting to discuss strategies to include in apublic school priority improvement or turnaround plan;
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publicize and participate in a public hearing held to review a writtenpublic school priority improvement or turnaround plan;
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increase the level of parent engagement in the school district and inthe public schools of the school district.
 The school accountability committee for the institute charter school shall holda public meeting to receive input concerning possible strategies to beincluded in school priority improvement plans as well as school turnaroundplans.
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Jennifer Kelly, Voices: Parent Engagement in Schools, EdNews Colorado, March 7, 2013,http://www.ednewscolorado.org/voices/voices-parent-engagement-in-schools.
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Lisa Fleisher,
Parents Seen Less Involved in Schools
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. J., Sept. 20, 2012,http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444620104578008643997428504.html.
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Nev. Rev. Stat. § 392.457 (“The State Board shall . . . adopt a policy to encourage effectiveinvolvement and engagement by parents and families in support of their children and theeducation of their children.)
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R.I. Gen. Laws § 16-94-5 (establishing a family engagement advisory council and definingits duties in the pursuit of better family-school partnerships).
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Ark. Code § 6-15-1702 (“Each public school district and each public school within itsboundaries, in collaboration with parents, shall establish a parental involvement plan,including programs and practices that enhance parental involvement and reflect the specificneeds of students and their families.”)
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Cal. Educ. Code § 11502 (stating the purpose and goal of The Programs to EncourageParental Involvement: assisting parents develop skills to use at home, improving lines of communication between parents and schools, and developing parent involvement programsas part of schools’ master plan).
DRAFT 3/22/2013 8:57 a3/p3For a complete list of fact sheets, visitwww.mikejohnston.org/in-the-legislature.

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TomandBarb Hulet added this note
Are you kidding me? Get this trash out of our schools and out of legislation! For a change look at Article 9 of our Colorado Constitution I am referring to Comprehensive Human Sexuality K-12. Start realizing what you are doing is against the law pursuant to both state and federal Constitutions. The second issue is that we already have accountability committees in the districts in our states.I sat

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