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Bill Detail: HB21-1259

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Title Extended Learning Opportunities
Status Governor Signed (06/07/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors J. Bacon (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Sonnenberg (R)
R. Fields (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 04/06/2021

To the extent possible, the department of education (department)
is directed to streamline the application process and other requirements
relating to the award of money to local education providers, including
school districts, charter schools, and other authorized local education
providers, as defined in the bill (local education providers), to implement

one or more extended learning opportunities to address COVID-19
learning impacts. The department is authorized to administer the
programs as part of a single, combined application, reporting, and
evaluation process created by the department.
Extended learning opportunities are defined in the bill to include,
in part, summer school programming, extended school days or extended
school weeks, high-impact tutoring, creative enrichment tied to academic
gains, social-emotional supports, and additional mental health supports
tied to academic success.
The combined application allows a needs-based approach to
identify the programs and services that meet the needs of the eligible local
education provider and allows the department to help match the local
education provider with funding sources. In addition to a combined
application, the department is authorized to streamline
local-education-provider reporting to the department and department
reporting to the general assembly and align reporting deadlines.
The department shall ensure that eligibility requirements,
application provisions, allowable uses of funding, data collection and
reporting, and any other requirements specific to the program or funding
source are met for all programs or services administered pursuant to this
The local education provider shall establish an internal
progress-monitoring system to monitor progress using family- and
community-informed practices to measure extended learning
opportunities program effectiveness through student educational gains.
If required by law and subject to available funding, the department
shall evaluate one or more extended learning opportunities implemented
across local education providers using a common set of evaluation criteria
and metrics.
The state board may adopt any rules necessary for the
implementation of the combined application, reporting, and evaluation
The general assembly may appropriate money to the department
for use by local education providers to implement extended learning

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