Good news for undocumented students headed to college

The State Senate passed Senate Bill 33 yesterday. The bill, nicknamed ASSET, will allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates at Colorado colleges and universities if they meet several specific requirements as high school students.

All Democratic Senators voted for the bill along with three Republican Senators: Greg Brophy (Wray), Larry Crowder (Alamosa), and Owen Hill (Colorado Springs).

SB 33 now moves to the House where the House Education Committee will hear it tomorrow. CEA supports the bill and works in a broad coalition which is pushing the bill.

A second CEA-backed bill, HB 1220, won approval in the House Education Committee yesterday. The committee voted 10-2 to pass the bill which would clarify current law by ensuring that individual teacher and principal evaluations are confidential, not published, and available only to administrators and others in school districts who are authorized to see them.

HB 1220 would not limit the publication of aggregate data about evaluations, as long as no data was linked to an individual educator. The bill’s sponsor is Rep. Joe Salazar (D-Thornton). In addition to CEA’s support, the bill has support from the State Council for Educator Effectiveness, CASE, CASB, and the Quality Teacher Commission.

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