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Second Regular Session
Sixty-first General Assembly
LLS NO. 980651.01 DFH
HOUSE BILL 981240
STATE OF COLORADO
BY REPRESENTATIVE Keller;
also SENATOR Reeves.
A BILL FOR AN ACT
CONCERNING THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE STATE SPECIAL EDUCATION
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced
and does not necessarily reflect any amendments that may be subsequently
Changes the qualifications for members appointed
to the state special education advisory committee to conform with
the requirements for advisory panels under the federal "Individuals
with Disabilities Education Act".
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado:
SECTION 1. 2220104 (2) (a), Colorado Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
(2) (a) In order to assist the state board in
the performance of its responsibilities for the implementation
of this article, a state special education advisory committee
of an appropriate size shall be appointed by the state board.
The members of the advisory committee shall
at least one special education teacher from each of the disabilities
set forth in section 2220103 (1.5), at least two administrators
with experience in special education, at least two parents of
children presently or formerly enrolled in special education programs,
one representative from the department of human services, at least
one adult with a disability eighteen years of age or older, at
least one faculty member from the Colorado school for the deaf
and the blind or a parent of a student attending the Colorado
school for the deaf and the blind, and at least one regular classroom
teacher. BE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE
STATE POPULATION AND SHALL BE COMPOSED OF PERSONS INVOLVED IN
OR CONCERNED WITH THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES,
INCLUDING PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES; INDIVIDUALS WITH
DISABILITIES; TEACHERS; REPRESENTATIVES OF INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER
EDUCATION THAT PREPARE SPECIAL EDUCATION AND RELATED SERVICES
PERSONNEL; STATE AND LOCAL EDUCATION OFFICIALS; ADMINISTRATORS
OF PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES; REPRESENTATIVES OF
OTHER STATE AGENCIES INVOLVED IN THE FINANCING OR DELIVERY OF
RELATED SERVICES TO CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES; REPRESENTATIVES
OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS; AT LEAST ONE REPRESENTATIVE
OF A VOCATIONAL, COMMUNITY, OR BUSINESS ORGANIZATION CONCERNED
WITH THE PROVISION OF TRANSITION SERVICES TO CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES;
AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DIVISION OF YOUTH CORRECTIONS IN
THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES AND FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS.
A MAJORITY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE SHALL BE
INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES OR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES.
Members shall be appointed for oneyear or twoyear
terms. Any additions to the composition of the advisory committee
shall be made pursuant to the rules and
regulations of the state board.
SECTION 2. Safety
clause. The general assembly hereby finds, determines, and
declares that this act is necessary for the immediate preservation
of the public peace, health, and safety.