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Regular Board Meeting - 11/8/2007

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Regular Board Meeting - 11/8/2007 9:00:00 AM
201 East Colfax Avenue
Room 101
Denver, Colorado 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

Karen Middleton, 7th Congressional District

Dwight D. Jones, Commissioner & Secretary to the
State Board of Education

Mary Frances Nevans, Director of State Board Relations

Attendees
Evie Hudak Colorado State Board of Education
Bob Schaffer Colorado State Board of Education
Karen Middleton Colorado State Board of Education
Randy DeHoff Colorado State Board of Education
Peggy Littleton Colorado State Board of Education
Elaine Gantz Berman Colorado State Board of Education
Meeting Minutes

Vice Chairman Bob Schaffer presided over the meeting in the absence of Chairwoman Pamela Jo Suckla, who was absent due to illness. All other state board members were present.

  1. CALL TO ORDER

  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

  3. INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE

  4. ROLL CALL

  5. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

  6. OPPORTUNITY FOR CONSENT MOTION

  7. COMMUNICATIONS

    1. Report from Commissioner of Education Dwight D. Jones.

  8. ACTION ITEMS - STATE BOARD/COMMISSIONER

    1. Approval of Revised Operating Procedures (M.F. Nevans)

      The State Board approved the following revisions/additions to the Operating Procedures:

      1. Adding to Article IV, Section "o" after "Appendix B": ",The State Board Code of Ethics."

      2. Adding to the end of Article VI, Section C the following language:

      "HOWEVER, UPON ANONYMOUS CONSENT OF THE STATE BOARD, RULES MAY BE ADOPTED IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING A PUBLIC HEARING."

      3. Adding to Article VI, Section "F", a new section 5:

      BOARD MEMBERS WILL NOT ISSUE DIRECTIVES TO CDE STAFF ABOUT WORK TO BE DONE, BUT WILL GO THROUGH THE COMMISSIONER FOR REQUESTS OF STAFF TIME, EXCEPT WITH MATTERS THAT NEED TO BE HANDLED BY THE DIRECTOR OF STATE BOARD RELATIONS, THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, OR THE LEGISLATIVE LIAISON.

      4. Adding to Article VI, Section "G", a new section 6 on legislative priorities:

      Operating Procedures for State Board Activity Regarding Legislation

      1) The State Board and Commissioner will receive a legislative update from the CDE Legislative Liaison on a weekly basis during the legislative session.

      2) Board members may attend this meeting in person or via telephone.

      3) If fewer than six members are in attendance for a legislative update session, the designated legislative contacts (Elaine Gantz Berman and Randy DeHoff during the 2008 legislative session) will contact absent Board members and report their feedback to the legislative liaison by the close of business that day.

      4) The update will include discussion of new bills introduced and the staff recommendations for Board action on those bills, an update on the status of existing bills, explanation of any other legislative activities around education-related legislation.

      5) Discussion notes outlining the agenda will be provided to Board members at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

      6) Wherever possible, the Legislative Liaison will draw correlations between newly-introduced legislation and the 2008 legislative priorities set by the Board.

      7) The Liaison will use the Boards legislative priorities as a guide in recommending to the Board what, if any, action they should take on legislation.

      8) Following discussion of newly-introduced legislation, the Chair will entertain motions regarding positions the Board may wish to take.

      9) The Board may choose to Support, Oppose, Amend, or Monitor any bill.

      10) The first consideration is to strive for unanimous support of legislation.

      11) In the absence of unanimous support, the Board will strive for a super-majority.

      12) If a super-majority cannot agree to support a bill, the second consideration is to reach agreement of unanimity or at least a super-majority on how the bill might be amended to enable a super-majority of support.

      13) If the Board is in disagreement regarding the ability to amend a bill, the third consideration is to support the bill with a simple majority.

      14) The Board will make every effort not to oppose legislation without offering an alternative policy position or a suggested amendment. However, if Board members are unable to agree on an amendment, it may take the position of Oppose with either a super-majority or a simple majority. The Commissioner will offer guidance as to how much, if any, legislative action will be taken to defeat an opposed bill.

      15) The Board will revisit their position on any legislation that is altered in the course of the legislative process.

      Motion made by: Elaine Gantz Berman
      Motion seconded by: Randy DeHoff

      Voting
      Unanimously Approved

    2. Ms. Hudak's Proposed Amendment to the Exceptional Children's Education Act, 4.03(6).

      Motion made by: Evie Hudak
      Motion seconded by: Karen Middleton

      Voting
      Evie Hudak - Yes
      Bob Schaffer - Yes
      Karen Middleton - Yes
      Randy DeHoff - No
      Peggy Littleton - No
      Elaine Gantz Berman - No


    3. Proposed Board Meeting Calendar for 2008 (M.F. Nevans)REVISED CALENDAR ATTACHED

      The State Board adopted the following 2008 Meeting Calendar:
      January 9 Work Session
      January 10 Regular Meeting
      February 13 Work Session
      February 14 Regular Meeting
      March 5 Work Session
      March 6 Regular Meeting
      March 7 Charter School Hearings
      April 9 Work Session
      April 10 Regular Meeting
      April 11 Charter School Hearings
      May 14 Work Session
      May 15 Regular Meeting
      May 16 Charter School Hearings
      June 11 Work Session
      June 12 Regular Meeting
      August 13 Work Session
      August 14 Regular Meeting
      August 15 Charter School Hearings
      September 10 Work Session
      September 11 Regular Meeting
      October 1 Work Session
      October 2 Regular Meeting
      November 12 Work Session
      November 13 Regular Meeting
      November 30 Work Session
      December 1 Regular Meeting

      Voting
      Unanimously Approved

    4. Ms. Hudak's Proposed Amendment to the Exceptional Children's Educational Act Rules 4.03(6)(D).

      Motion made by: Evie Hudak
      Motion seconded by: Karen Middleton

      Voting
      Evie Hudak - Yes
      Bob Schaffer - Yes
      Karen Middleton - Yes
      Randy DeHoff - No
      Peggy Littleton - No
      Elaine Gantz Berman - No


    5. SBE Code of Ethics

      The State Board unanimously voted to approve Version 5 of the Code of Ethics with specific revisions. Chairman Suckla was absent due to illness.

      Motion made by: Elaine Gantz Berman
      Motion seconded by: Peggy Littleton

      Voting
      Unanimously Approved

  9. ACTION ITEMS - PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

    1. Emergency Authorizations - 2 Initial.

      To Approve the Emergency Authorizations Recommended by CDE Staff.

      Motion made by: Evie Hudak
      Motion seconded by: Karen Middleton

      Voting
      Evie Hudak - Yes
      Bob Schaffer - Yes
      Karen Middleton - Yes
      Randy DeHoff - No
      Peggy Littleton - No
      Elaine Gantz Berman - Yes


    2. Emergency Authorizations - 5 Renewals

      Approve 5 Emergency Renewal Authorizations as recommended by CDE Staff.

      Motion made by: Evie Hudak
      Motion seconded by: Elaine Gantz Berman

      Voting
      Evie Hudak - Yes
      Bob Schaffer - Yes
      Karen Middleton - Yes
      Randy DeHoff - No
      Peggy Littleton - No
      Elaine Gantz Berman - Yes


    3. Disciplinary Proceedings Concerning an Application for a License, Charge No. 2004EC23

      Approve Application for License in Charge No. 2004EC23

      Motion made by: Evie Hudak
      Motion seconded by: Karen Middleton

      Voting
      Evie Hudak - Yes
      Bob Schaffer - No
      Karen Middleton - Yes
      Randy DeHoff - Yes
      Peggy Littleton - No
      Elaine Gantz Berman - Yes


    4. Approve the Teacher/Special Service Provider Induction Program submitted by Steamboat Springs School District.

      Voting
      Unanimously Approved

    5. Approve Mountain BOCES Proposal to offer the Alternative Principal Preparation Program.

      Voting
      Unanimously Approved

    6. Approval of the Mesa State College Master of Arts in Education preparation program.

      Voting
      Unanimously Approved

    7. Re-Approve the Teacher/Special Service Provider Induction Program submitted by Adams 12 School District.

      Voting
      Unanimously Approved

    8. Approve the Principal/Administrator Induction Program submitted by Clear Creek School District.

      Voting
      Unanimously Approved

    9. Passing scores for the PLACE Test.

      Voting
      Unanimously Approved

  10. ACTION ITEMS - EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT SERVICES

    1. Motion, Discussion and Adoption of the Proposed Amendments to the Rules for the Administration of the Exceptional Children's Educational Act, 1 CCR 301-8.

      Motion made by: Karen Middleton
      Motion seconded by: Peggy Littleton

      Voting
      Unanimously Approved

  11. ACTION ITEMS - MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS

    1. Approval of Notice to Amend School District Budget Rules

      Voting
      Unanimously Approved

    2. Approve Notice to Proposed Changes to Accounting and Reporting Rules

      Voting
      Unanimously Approved

  12. LEGISLATION UPDATE

    Ms. Berman moved to adopt the 2008 Legislative Priorities for the State Board as amended. Mr. DeHoff seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous. Chairman Suckla was absent due to illness.

  13. BUDGET UPDATE

    1. Budget Update 11.08.07

  14. INFORMATION FOR FUTURE ACTION

    1. Information Item: Certification of Amounts Payable in December to School Districts for the Public School Finance Act of 1994

    2. Teacher/Special Services Provider Induction Program submitted by Landmark Academy.

    3. Teacher/Special Services Provider Induction Program submitted by Wray School District RD-2.

    4. CDE School Nurse Induction/Mentor Program

  15. ACTION ITEMS: LEARNING & RESULTS

    1. Motion, Discussion and Adoption of Proposed Rules for the Administration of the Summer School Grant Program, 1 CCR 301-50.

      Voting
      Unanimously Approved

  16. OPPORTUNITY FOR CITIZENS TO ADDRESS THE BOARD

  17. FUTURE BUSINESS

  18. ADJOURNMENT

    1. (Information Only) Recognition of the Students Who Have Achieved Perfect Scores on the ACT Test (Jo O'Brien)(20 min.)







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