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News Release - State Board of Education approves grants to expand computer science education
State Board of Education approves grants to expand computer science education
DENVER - The State Board of Education at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday approved awards for two grant programs to expand computer science education in Colorado. A total of $386,517 was approved for teacher training at 14 districts and BOCES as well as $12,000 for teachers to attend a state-provided training. The board also approved $79,390 for eight districts and BOCES to expand participation in computer science classes by historically underrepresented students.
Adams 14 School District Progress Monitoring
The State Board of Education requested a progress monitoring update at the November board meeting from department staff on the status of Adams 14 School District’s implementation of the board’s 2018 order to ensure that the focus has returned to the needs of students. In addition, the board requested to reschedule in November the district presentation to the state board that was postponed in September. Specifically, MGT, along with the local board and superintendent, were asked to share beginning-of-the-year academic data, current enrollment data, staffing data including turnover rates and vacant positions, and an update on the partners working in the district and how roles and responsibilities are delegated.
Board approves new management partner for Gateway High School
The board approved a written order authorizing Aurora Public Schools to change its external manager for Gateway High School to Zero Dropouts. The board gave initial approval for the change in September after Aurora Public Schools proposed an amendment to the 2019 state board order directing the district to bring on Communities in Schools, which chose not to continue as the district’s partner after the conclusion of their last contract. Zero Dropouts will focus on credit recovery, tutoring support, virtual learning opportunities, and extended day and evening learning opportunities for the 2021-22 school year.
Revised rules considered for educator licensing and workforce development
The board considered background information provided by CDE staff about proposed revisions to educator licensing and workforce development rules. The rulemaking procedures were noticed on Sept. 30, and public comment will be collected through October. Hearings and possible vote will take place at the November board meeting.
The proposed revisions to the Rules for the Administration of the Educator Licensing Act would align the rules with several changes to statute passed in 2021. Among the changes, the statutes amended the identification required for an educator license, extended the term of an educators’ license from five to seven years, established alternative principal preparation programs, amended educator licensure enforcement, and created educator recruitment and retention programs.
The new Rules for the Administration of Educator Recruitment and Retention establish the financial assistance components of the Educator Recruitment Grant Program created in 2021 to help members of the armed forces and others pursue careers as educators. Statute provides up to $10,000 in financial assistance for tuition at educator preparation programs.
In other rulemaking actions, the board:
- Approved proposed changes to Rules for the Administration of the Public School Transportation Fund. The change extends the deadline for submission of the Transportation Claim Reimbursement Form from Aug. 15 to Sept. 15.
- Approved the proposed amendments to Rules for the Operation, Maintenance and Inspection of School Transportation Vehicles. The amendments update the rules to reflect changes in federal statute, including entry-level driver training requirements.
- Approved the proposed amendments for Rules for Seizure Action Plans and Training. House Bill 21-1133 requires the state board to adopt rules for seizure first aid training and care. All public schools must provide annual seizure-related training to staff who have been identified by the school principal and must designate at least one employee to administer or assist with the administration of emergency medications listed on seizure action plans for students.
- Approved the notice of rulemaking for the Rules for the Administration of Medications. Senate Bill 21-056 requires school boards to adopt a policy for possession and administration of medications prescribed by licensed health practitioners. The policies must include processes for storing and administering medical marijuana for students who have a valid recommendation from a licensed physician. The state board will hold a hearing on the proposed changes to the rules and may vote in January.
- Approved the notice of rulemaking for the Rules for the Administration of the Expelled and At-Risk Student Services Grant Program. The proposed amendments to the rules reflect changes required by 2021 legislation. Senate Bill 21-268 requires additional application requirements and considerations for awarding grants. The state board will hold a hearing on the proposed changes to the rules and may vote in January.