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SBE Work Session May 14, 2008 - 5/14/2008 9:00:00 AM
Colorado Department of Education
201 E. Colfax Ave. Room 101
Denver, CO 80203

  • Pamela Jo Suckla, Chairman, 3rd Congressional District
  • Bob Schaffer, Vice-Chairman, 4th Congressional District
  • Elaine Gantz Berman, 1st Congressional District
  • Randy DeHoff, 6th Congressional District
  • Evie Hudak, 2nd Congressional District
  • Peggy Littleton, 5th Congressional District
  • Jane Goff, 7th Congressional District
  • Dwight Jones, Commissioner & Secretary to the State Board of Education
  • Mary Frances Nevans, Director of State Board Relations

I. 9:00 Welcome

II. SBE Reports

III. 9:30 CDE Reports

1. Communications Office Report

2. SBE Office Report

Mary Frances Nevans will provide a draft calendar for 2008-2009.

IV. 9:45 CDE Reports

1. Presentation by the Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee

CSEAC reported to the State Board of Education in October 2007. This presentation is an update following that presentation and will consist of a report on this year's CSEAC activities.

2. Presentation by Troops to Teachers

Troops to Teachers is a national organizations that works with personnel who are separating from military service to become teachers. They have an emphasis on filling hard-to-staff positions such as teachers of special education, math and science. At the board meeting the Colorado Troops to Teachers, Mr. Futoso Chavez, Teacher of the Year, will do a brief presentation on why he became a teacher and why he was selected as the Teacher of the Year.

V. 10:30 Morning break

VI. 10:45 CDE Reports

1. Appointment of (3) members to the "Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board" established in HB08-1335 (Building Excellent Schools Today-BEST)

HB08-1338 creates a (9) member Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board at CDE. (3) members are to be appointed by the Governor and (3) members are to be appointed by the General Assembly. The State board appoints (3) members from different areas of the state and from urban, suburban, and rural school districts with demonstrated experience regarding school facility issues and shall include:
A (1) member who is a school district board member at the time of appointment;
B (1) member who is a public school superintendent or administrator at the time of appointment or has recent experience;
C (1) member who is a school facilities planner or manager at the time of appointment or has recent experience.
The function of the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board is to protect the health and safety of students, teachers, and other persons using public school facilities and maximize student achievement by ensuring that the condition and capacity of public school facilities are sufficient to provide a safe and uncrowded environment that is conducive to students' learning. The Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board is required to:
· Establish public school facility construction guidelines for use by the board in assessing and prioritizing public school capital construction needs, reviewing applications for financial assistance, and making recommendations to the state board regarding appropriate allocation of financial assistance;
· Conduct or contract for a financial assistance priority assessment of public school facilities throughout the state;
· Annually submit a prioritized list of public school facility capital construction projects recommended for financial assistance to the State Board.
The General Assembly has sent HB08-1335 to the Governor for signature and the following appointments are recommended contingent upon the Governor signing the bill into law.
School board member: Timothy White, Douglas County Re-1;
Superintendent: Gregory Randall, Plateau Valley 50;
Facility Manager: Michael Maloney, Colorado Springs 11.
A bio for each appointee and a brief explanation for each appointment are attached.

2. An Overview of CDE's Early Childhood Team

This presentation will focus on the programs, services, and supports connected to CDE's Early Childhood Team. We will also talk about the potential impact of the 2008 legislative session on this work. 

3. Emergency Rules for the Administration of the School Counselor Corps Grant Program

Pursuant to HB 08-1370, the School Counselor Corps Grant Program (22-90-101 through 22-90-106, C.R.S.) requires the State Board of Education to promulgate rules which include, but are not limited to: the timeline for submitting applications to the Department; the form of the grant application and any information in addition to that specified in section 22-90-104 (2), C.R.S. to be included in the application; any criteria for awarding grants in addition to those specified in section 22-90-104 (3), C.R.S.; and any information to be included in the Department's program report in addition to that required in section 22-90-106, C.R.S.

The emergency rules, if adopted by the Board, will become effective immediately and will expire on or about August 15, 2008.

VII. 12:00 Lunch Executive Session

Over lunch, the State Board of Education will convene an Executive Session to address personnel matters in accordance with § 24-6-402(3)(b)(I),C.R.S. This session is closed to the public.

VIII. 1:00 CDE Reports

1. Graduation Guidelines Council Report to the State Board of Education

The Governor's Graduation Guidelines Council will orally present its recommendations for minimum high school graduation guidelines in support of the Council's guidelines paper due to the SBE on May 1st, 2008.

Jo O'Brien and Members of the Graduation Guidelines Council will Present the Council's Report to the State Board. Members of the Council in attendance will include: Mark Hudson, Kerry Lord, Karin Reynolds, Paula Stephenson, Randy Zila, Art Bogardus, John Lanning, and Shatta Mejia.

2. Establishment of Fees for Licensing Program

The Educator Licensing Act of 1991 authorizes the State Board of Education (SBE) to annually establish the evaluation fees for licenses, authorizations, certificates and endorsements. The proposed fee increase will enable the Office of Professional Services to meet the expectations outlined in HB 08-1344.

IX. 2:00 Afternoon Break

X. 2:15 CDE Reports

1. Overview of Alliance for Quality Teaching 2008 Report

Ms. Paone will provide the State Board with an overview of the Alliance for Quality Teaching 2008 report - "Shining the Light II: State of Teacher Quality, Attrition and Diversity in Colorado."

2. Legislation

Ms. Barkis will give an overview of recent legislative activities and will provide the State Board with a memorandum containing the State Board's new statutory responsibilities resulting from this year's legislation.

3. Clarification of Operating Procedures

XI. 5:00 Issues and Trends

XII. Adjourn

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