May 2, 2011
Public Comment Welcomed On Proposed Rules For Educator Effectiveness; Summer Meetings Set In Denver
One year after the passage of Senate Bill 10-191 calling for a new statewide approach to measuring educator effectiveness, the Colorado State Board of Education has announced a timeline and process for public input prior to formal adoption of rules, currently anticipated for November.
As a first step in the process, the state board will begin in May to explore in further detail the recommendations from the State Council on Educator Effectiveness.
The discussion will begin on Wednesday, May 11, when the department will provide a follow-up to the April 13 presentation from the council. This meeting is designed to address those areas where the council did not make a specific recommendation and to ask whether the state board agrees with particular recommendations.
On Thursday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, the board will hold a study session to further explore the recommendations from the council.
For those wishing to provide testimony at the state board meeting on May 12, a sign-up sheet will be provided.
Throughout this process, the draft rules along with recommended changes will be posted on the state board Web site. As suggestions come in, the department will post the recommended changes. Written comments on the report or recommendations to the state board on the draft rules may be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to: State Board Office, 201 E. Colfax Ave., Room 506, Denver, CO 80203-1087.
After gathering input from the state board, the department will begin drafting proposed rules, which will be provided to the board at its June 8 meeting. The state board will take the first official step in the rulemaking process at its board meeting on June 8, but there will not be an opportunity for public testimony on the rules.
Special Summer Meetings
In addition to the regular board sessions, two meetings have been scheduled this summer to gather public comment from a broad spectrum of teachers, administrators, parents and the education community at large.
The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, in the first-floor board room at the Colorado Department of Education (201 E. Colfax Ave., in Denver). The meeting will be held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The second meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12,and also will be held in the state board room from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Additional opportunities for public comment will be available during regularly scheduled board meetings and via e-mail.
Finally, two rulemaking hearings will be held before the state board, one on Sept. 14, 2011 and one on Oct. 5, 2011. Public comment will also be invited at those meetings.