Colorado School Laws

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Colorado School Laws provides fingertip access to the wide range of statutes affecting education in the state. In one concise volume, you will have ready access to the laws that schools, education professionals, and education law attorneys need most often. Compiled by LexisNexis' experienced staff of lawyer-editors, Colorado School Laws is a critical resource for anyone who needs to keep abreast of developments in this dynamic area of the law.

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• Completely annotated
• Table of Sections Affected
• Education Law Highlights of the Recent Legislative Session
• Updated annually

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Table of Contents

Sections Affected by 2019 Legislation School Law

Highlights of the 2019 Colorado Legislative Session

The United States Supreme Court on Select School Law Issues

Enabling Act of Colorado

Constitution of the State of Colorado

TITLE 1. ELECTIONS
Article 12. Recall and Vacancies in Office
Part 1. Recall from Office, 1-12-100.5 to 1-12-123

TITLE 19. CHILDREN’S CODE
Article 1. General Provisions
Part 3. Records and Information, 19-1-303, 19-1-304

TITLE 22. EDUCATION

GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE

Article 1. General Provisions, 22-1-101 to 22-1-130
Article 2. Department — Commissioner
Part 1. Department of Education — Commissioner, 22-2-101 to 22-2-145
Part 2. Scholastic Achievement, 22-2-201 to 22-2-203 (Repealed)
Part 3. Data Reporting and Technology, 22-2-301 to 22-2-309
Part 4. Facility Schools Unit, 22-2-401 to 22-2-409
Part 5. Teacher Recruitment and Retention, 22-2-501 to 22-2-505
Article 3. Eye Protective Devices, 22-3-101 to 22-3-104
Article 4. County Superintendent of Schools, 22-4-101 to 22-4-105 (Repealed)
Article 5. Boards of Cooperative Services Act of 1965, 22-5-101 to 22-5-122
Article 5.5. Regional Service Areas Act, 22-5.5-101 to 22-5.5-108
Article 6. Comprehensive Educational Planning, 22-6-101 to 22-6-113 (Repealed)
Article 7. Educational Accountability
Part 1. Local Accountability Programs, 22-7-101 to 22-7-107 (Repealed)
Part 2. Educational Achievement, 22-7-201 to 22-7-207 (Repealed)
Part 3. Colorado State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education, 22-7-301 to 22-7-306
Part 4. Education Reform, 22-7-401 to 22-7-414
Part 5. Colorado Basic Literacy Act, 22-7-501 to 22-7-508 (Repealed)
Part 6. School Accountability Reports, 22-7-601 to 22-7-613
Part 7. Teacher Development Grant Program, 22-7-701 to 22-7-708
Part 8. Summer School Grant Program, 22-7-801 to 22-7-807
Part 9. Read-to-Achieve Grant Program, 22-7-901 to 22-7-909 (Repealed)
Part 10. Preschool to Postsecondary Education Alignment, 22-7-1001 to 22-7-1019
Part 11. Educational Success Task Force, 22-7-1101 to 22-7-1105 (Repealed)
Part 12. Colorado READ Act, 22-7-1201 to 22-7-1214
Article 8. Career Education, 22-8-101 to 22-8-108 (Repealed)
Article 9. Licensed Personnel Evaluations, 22-9-101 to 22-9-109
Article 9.5. Principal Development Scholarship Program, 22-9.5-101 to 22-9.5-104
Article 9.7. Early Childhood Educator Development Scholarship Program, 22-9.7-101 to 22-9.7-104
Article 10. Adult Education and Literacy, 22-10-101 to 22-10-107
Article 10.3. Workforce Diploma Pilot Program, 22-10.3-101 to 22-10.3-105
Article 11. Accreditation
Part 1. General Provisions, 22-11-101 to 22-11-105
Part 2. State Accountability, 22-11-201 to 22-11-211
Part 3. School District and Institute Accountability, 22-11-301 to 22-11-307
Part 4. School Accountability, 22-11-401 to 22-11-406
Part 5. Performance Reporting, 22-11-501 to 22-11-504
Part 6. School Awards Program, 22-11-601 to 22-11-605
Part 7. Local Accountability Systems, 22-11-701 to 22-11-705
Article 12. Teacher and School Administrator Protection Act, 22-12-101 to 22-12-109
Article 13. School Leadership
Part 1. School Turnaround Leaders Development Program, 22-13-101 to 22-13-106
Part 2. School Leadership Pilot Program, 22-13-201 to 22-13-205
Article 14. Dropout Prevention and Student Re-Engagement, 22-14-101 to 22-14-111
Article 15. Interim Committee on School Safety and Youth in Crisis, 22-15-101 (Repealed)
Article 16. Student Data Transparency and Security, 22-16-101 to 22-16-112

COMPENSATORY EDUCATION

Article 20. Education of Exceptional Children
Part 1. Education of Children With Disabilities, 22-20-101 to 22-20-120
Part 2. Education of Gifted Children, 22-20-201 to 22-20-206
Article 20.5. Education of Children with Dyslexia, 22-20.5-101 to 22-20.5-104
Article 21. Public Education Incentive Program, 22-21-101 to 22-21-107 (Repealed)
Article 22. Educational Achievement Act, 22-22-101 to 22-22-106 (Repealed)
Article 23. Education of Migrant Children, 22-23-101 to 22-23-107
Article 24. English Language Proficiency Act, 22-24-101 to 22-24-108
Article 25. Colorado Comprehensive Health Education Act, 22-25-101 to 22-25-110
Article 26. Gifted and Talented Students, 22-26-101 to 22-26-108 (Repealed)
Article 27. Educational Clinics for Public School Dropouts, 22-27-101 to 22-27-110 (Repealed)
Article 27.5. Before-and After-School Dropout Prevention Programs, 22-27.5-101 to 22-27.5-106
Article 28. Colorado Preschool Program Act, 22-28-101 to 22-28-114
Article 29. Character Education, 22-29-101 to 22-29-106

SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Article 30. School District Organization Act of 1992
Part 1. New or Annexing School District Organization, 22-30-101 to 22-30-129
Part 2. Joint Taxation Districts, 22-30-201, 22-30-202
Article 30.5. Charter Schools
Part 1. Charter Schools Act, 22-30.5-101 to 22-30.5-120
Part 2. Charter School Districts, 22-30.5-201 to 22-30.5-209 (Repealed)
Part 3. Independent Charter Schools, 22-30.5-301 to 22-30.5-308
Part 4. Charter School Capital Facilities Financing Act, 22-30.5-401 to 22-30.5-409
Part 5. Institute Charter Schools, 22-30.5-501 to 22-30.5-528
Part 6. Charter School Collaboratives, 22-30.5-601 to 22-30.5-605
Part 7. Emergency Powers, 22-30.5-701 to 22-30.5-704
Article 30.7. Online Education Programs, 22-30.7-101 to 22-30.7-113
Article 31. School District Directors — Election, 22-31-101 to 22-31-134
Article 32. School District Boards — Powers and Duties, 22-32-101 to 22-32-147
Article 32.5. Innovation Schools and Innovation School Zones within School Districts, 22-32.5-101 to 22-32.5-111
Article 33. School Attendance Law of 1963
Part 1. School Attendance Law of 1963, 22-33-101 to 22-33-111
Part 2. Expulsion Prevention Programs, 22-33-201 to 22-33-205
Article 34. High School Fast Track Program, 22-34-101 (Repealed)
Article 35. Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act, 22-35-101 to 22-35-114
Article 35.3. Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools, 22-35.3-101 to 22-35.3-105
Article 35.5. Fast College Fast Jobs Act, 22-35.5-101 to 22-35.5-108 (Repealed)
Article 35.6. High School Innovative Learning Pilot Program, 22-35.6-101 to 22-35.6-107
Article 36. Public Schools of Choice, 22-36-101 to 22-36-106
Article 37. Grant Program for In-School or In-Home Suspension, 22-37-101 to 22-37-107
Article 38. Pilot Schools for Students Expelled from Sixth through Ninth Grades, 22-38-101 to 22-38-115

FINANCIAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Article 40. Tax Levies and Revenues, 22-40-101 to 22-40-110
Article 41. Public School Fund, 22-41-101 to 22-41-110
Article 41.5. Voter Approval for Weakening of Debt Limitations on School Districts, 22-41.5-101, 22-41.5-102
Article 42. Bonded Indebtedness, 22-42-101 to 22-42-129
Article 43. Refunding Bonds, 22-43-101 to 22-43-110
Article 43.5. School District Capital Improvement Zones, 22-43.5-101 to 22-43.5-126 (Repealed)
Article 43.7. Capital Construction Assistance
Part 1. School District Capital Construction Assistance Program, 22-43.7-101 to 22-43.7-116
Part 2. Full-Day Kindergarten Facility Capital Construction Assistance, 22-43.7-201 to 22-43.7-203
Article 44. Budget Policies and Procedures
Part 1. School District Budget Law, 22-44-101 to 22-44-119
Part 2. Financial Policies and Procedures, 22-44-201 to 22-44-206
Part 3. Public School Financial Transparency Act, 22-44-301 to 22-44-305
Article 45. Accounting and Reporting, 22-45-101 to 22-45-113

FINANCING OF SCHOOLS

Article 50. Public School Finance Act of 1973, 22-50-101 to 22-50-120 (Repealed)
Article 51. Public School Transportation Fund, 22-51-101 to 22-51-111

SECOND CHANCE PROGRAM

Article 52. Second Chance Program for Problem Students, 22-52-101 to 22-52-108

FINANCING OF SCHOOLS – Continued

Article 53. Public School Finance Act of 1988, 22-53-101 to 22-53-605 (Repealed)
Article 54. Public School Finance Act of 1994, 22-54-101 to 22-54-141
Article 54.5. Public School Finance Act (Not Enacted)
Article 55. State Policies Relating to Section 17 of
Article IX of the State Constitution, 22-55-101 to 22-55-108
Article 56. Colorado Opportunity Contract Pilot Program, 22-56-101 to 22-56-110 (Repealed)
Article 57. Supplemental On-Line Education Courses — Financing, 22-57-101 to 22-57-104 (Repealed)
Article 58. School Funding Models Pilot Program, 22-58-101 to 22-58-105 (Repealed)

TEACHERS

Article 60. Teacher Certification, 22-60-101 to 22-60-119 (Repealed)
Article 60.3. Teacher Residency Expansion Program, 22-60.3-101 to 22-60.3-107
Article 60.5. Colorado Educator Licensing Act
Part 1. General Provisions, 22-60.5-101 to 22-60.5-120
Part 2. Teachers and Special Services Providers, 22-60.5-201 to 22-60.5-217
Part 3. Principals and Administrators, 22-60.5-301 to 22-60.5-313
Part 4. Miscellaneous Provisions, 22-60.5-401 to 22-60.5-404
Article 61. Teacher Employment, 22-61-101 to 22-61-105
Article 61.5. Colorado Teacher of the Year, 22-61.5-101 to 22-61.5-105
Article 62. Cooperative Teacher Education Act, 22-62-101 to 22-62-105
Article 62.5. Exceptional Learning Program, 22-62.5-101 to 22-62.5-108 (Repealed)
Article 63. Teacher Employment, Compensation, and Dismissal
Part 1. General Provisions, 22-63-101 to 22-63-104
Part 2. Employment, 22-63-201 to 22-63-206
Part 3. Dismissal, 22-63-301, 22-63-302
Part 4. Compensation, 22-63-401 to 22-63-403
Article 64. Retirement Systems, 22-64-101 to 22-64-221 (Repealed)
Article 65. Professional Practices Commission, 22-65-101 to 22-65-107 (Repealed)
Article 66. Alternative Salary Policies — Pilot Programs, 22-66-101 to 22-66-105 (Repealed)
Article 67. Teacher Salary Policy Planning Grants, 22-67-101 to 22-67-106 (Repealed)
Article 68. Quality Teachers Commission, 22-68-101 to 22-68-106 (Repealed)
Article 68.5. Educator Identifier System, 22-68.5-101 to 22-68.5-104 (Repealed)
Article 69. Alternative Teacher Compensation Plan Act, 22-69-101 to 22-69-106

JUNIOR COLLEGES

Article 70. Junior Colleges — Organization, 22-70-101 to 22-70-132 (Repealed)
Article 71. Junior Colleges — Revenue Securities Law, 22-71-101 to 22-71-113 (Repealed)
Article 72. Grand Junction and Trinidad Junior Colleges, 22-72-101 to 22-72-104 (Repealed)
Article 73. Morgan County Junior College District, 22-73-101, 22-73-102 (Repealed)

MISCELLANEOUS

Article 80. School for the Deaf and the Blind, 22-80-101 to 22-80-119
Article 81. Pre-K-16 Mathematics, Science, and Technology Improvement
Part 1. Pre-K-16 Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education Strategic Plan, 22-81-101 to 22-81-104
Part 2. Science and Technology Education Centers, 22-81-201 to 22-81-206
Article 81.5. Colorado Information Technology Education Grant Program, 22-81.5-101 to 22-81.5-107
Article 82. Public School Medical Assistance Pilot Program, 22-82-101 to 22-82-103 (Repealed)
Article 82.3. Healthy Choices Dropout Prevention Pilot Program, 22-82.3-101 to 22-82.3-110 (Repealed)
Article 82.5. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Pilot Program, 22-82.5-101 to 22-82.5-108 (Repealed)
Article 82.6. Farm-to-School Healthy Kids Act, 22-82.6-101 to 22-82.6-104 (Repealed)
Article 82.7. Start Smart Nutrition Program, 22-82.7-101 to 22-82.7-107
Article 82.8. Breakfast After the Bell Nutrition Program, 22-82.8-101 to 22-82.8-104
Article 82.9. Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Program, 22-82.9-101 to 22-82.9-107
Article 83. Plan for Improving Achievement in Math, Science, and Technology, 22-83-101 to 22-83-103
Article 84. Colorado Magnet School for Mathematics, Science, and Technology, 22-84-101 to 22-84-103 (Repealed)
Article 86. Summer School Grant Program Facility Schools, 22-86-101 to 22-86-106 (Repealed)
Article 87. Children’s Internet Protection, 22-87-101 to 22-87-107
Article 88. Audio Textbooks, 22-88-101 to 22-88-106 (Repealed)
Article 88.1. Reading Assistance Grant Program Fund, 22-88.1-101 (Repealed)
Article 89. Wind for Schools Grant Program, 22-89-101 to 22-89-105 (Repealed)
Article 90. Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, 22-90-101
Article 91. School Counselor Corps Grant Program, 22-91-101 to 22-91-105
Article 92. Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Schools Loan Program, 22-92-101 to 22-92-107 (Repealed)
Article 93. School Bullying Prevention and Education Grant Program, 22-93-101 to 22-93-106
Article 94. Quality Teacher Recruitment, 22-94-101 to 22-94-103
Article 95. Advanced Placement Incentives Pilot Program, 22-95-101 to 22-95-105
Article 95.5. Advanced Courses Grant Program
Part 1. Accelerated College Opportunity Exam Fee Grant Program, 22-95.5-101 to 22-95.5-103
Part 2. John W. Buckner Automatic Enrollment in Advanced Courses Grant Program, 22-95.5-201 to 22-95.5-204
Article 96. Behavioral Health Care Professional Matching Grant Program, 22-96-101 to 22-96-105
Article 97. Teacher Grants for Computer Science Education
Part 1. Computer Science Education Grants, 22-97-101 to 22-97-103
Part 2. Computer Science Education Grant Program, 22-97-201 to 22-97-205
Article 98. Teacher Retention in Public Schools, 22-98-101 to 22-98-106
Article 99. Health and Wellness Through Comprehensive Quality Physical Education Instruction Pilot Program, 22-99-101 to 22-99-106
Article 100. Local School Food Purchasing Programs, 22-100-101 to 22-100-105
Article 101. Eliminate Duplicate Regulations, 22-101-101 to 22-101-103
Article 102. Colorado K-5 Social and Emotional Health Act, 22-102-101 to 22-102-108

TITLE 24. GOVERNMENT — STATE

ADMINISTRATION

Article 6. Colorado Sunshine Law
Part 4. Open Meetings Law, 24-6-401, 24-6-402

OTHER AGENCIES

Article 46.3. Work Force Development
Part 3. Postsecondary and Work Force Readiness Statewide Coordinator, 24-46.3-302

PUBLIC (OPEN) RECORDS

Article 72. Public Records
Part 2. Inspection, Copying, or Photographing, 24-72-204

TITLE 26. HUMAN SERVICES CODE

Article 5.7. Homeless Youth, 26-5.7-101 to 26-5.7-109
Article 20. Protection of Persons from Restraint, 26-20-111

Index