SB18-229 - Colorado Department of Education Student Teacher Criminal History Record Checks

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning criminal history record checks for educator preparation program students seeking field experiences in schools, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

The bill permits a student in an educator preparation program who is seeking field experiences in a school (student) to submit his or her fingerprints to the Colorado bureau of investigation (bureau) for the purpose of performing a fingerprint-based criminal history record check for the student. Upon completion of the fingerprint-based criminal history record check, the bureau must forward the results to the department of education (department). If the fingerprint-based criminal history record check of a student performed pursuant to this section reveals a record of arrest without a disposition, the department is required to perform a name-based criminal history record check of that student.

The department must provide the results of the background checks to the educator preparation program in which the student is enrolled and make the results available to schools and school districts. When the department receives an update from the bureau, the department must provide that update to each education preparation program, school district, and charter school in which the student has been placed for field experiences.

The department may charge a fee to cover the actual costs of administering a student's criminal history record check.

School districts or charter schools that require a criminal history record check for students are required to accept the results of a criminal history record check performed by the bureau or department. If the student has continuously resided in Colorado, the fingerprints may be used by the student to satisfy the existing fingerprint submission requirements for teacher licensure.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


Latest update: May 24, 2018
05/24/2018 - Governor Signed
05/16/2018 - Sent to the Governor
05/16/2018 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/16/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate
05/07/2018 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/04/2018 - House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
05/02/2018 - House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
05/02/2018 - House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/30/2018 - House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Finance
04/27/2018 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
04/27/2018 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/26/2018 - Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/24/2018 - Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/19/2018 - Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/18/2018 - Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Finance
04/12/2018 - Senate Committee on Education Lay Over Amended
04/02/2018 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education