Colorado kicked off its annual legislative session on Wednesday, Jan. 8. Prior to the session, Chalkbeat Colorado brought its annual Legislative Preview to the Morgridge College of Education for a collaboration and lively panel discussion on what to expect from Colorado’s upcoming legislative session on Friday, Jan. 3. Chalkbeat Bureau Chief, Erica Meltzer, moderated the discussion and was joined on the panel by State Rep. James Coleman, State Rep. Colin Larson, State Sen. Paul Lundeen, and State Sen. Nancy Todd.
According to Chalkbeat’s breakdown of the panel, here is what we can expect for the legislative session, which kicked off on Wednesday, Jan. 8.
- Lawmakers have heard from Colorado voters loud and clear: No new taxes for education.
- Without new money, one area where lawmakers seem poised to make changes is strengthening teacher preparation programs.
- School accountability is here to stay.
- Lawmakers want to see school funding distributed in a more equitable manner. But if some students get more money, that means others will get less.
- Gov. Polis’s $27 million preschool expansion plan faces an uphill battle in the legislature.