The legislative session is right around the corner. We start back on January 13 and run through May 11 in 2016. I will be at our state capitol focusing on the following:
1. A re-write of the Flexible Market bill. I've been working closely with Ducks Unlimited and water experts from the west slope to craft a bill that may garner enough votes for passage this year.
2. A new water bill based on the concept of water banks.
3. The bill I was working on, with our adult education community, to ensure there's more than one testing option for a high school equivalency degree already had an impact as the State Board of education voted last week to adopt three tests! This is a huge win for students and the state of Colorado. I may still run the bill to ensure this practice continues.
4. A bill that allows school boards to exempt Nationally Board Certified teachers from additional evaluation for up to three years. This would allow our master teachers time to mentor new teachers to help them develop their professional skills.
5. A bill that would ensure our state's climate action plan has measurable goals embedded and that progress toward those goals is reported on annually.
My work on the Colorado Commission of Higher Education as an advisor continues.
In January, I will be part of an 8-person (4 Democrats and 4 Republicans) team who will be training the entire state legislature of Idaho in civil discourse.
As we enter this season, hold close the principles that make America great--freedom, democracy, tolerance, and inclusiveness.