(Feb. 9) – After not a word of opposition this morning, the House approved by voice vote a bill by Rep. Janet Buckner, D-Aurora, to allow parents to take unpaid leave to attend their children’s essential academic activities. HB17-1001 reenacts the 2009 “Parental Involvement in K-12 Education Act” that sunset in 2015.
“This bill is a clear way to encourage and empower parents to take an active role in their kids’ education,” said Rep. Buckner. “I’m happy to see that after a couple of years of working on this, the debate on the merits seems to be over and we can say to Colorado students that we value their education. I hope to see our values reflected in the final House vote tomorrow.”
A similar version to this bill was killed last year in the Republican-controlled Senate, as was the reauthorization in 2015.
This bill had no discernible negative impact on businesses when it was law from 2009-2015 and includes safeguards to ensure flexibility for employers and employees to work together. Parents must provide their employer with at least a week’s notice, and can take up to six hours a month for a maximum of 18 hours a year. Covered activities include parent-teacher conferences or meetings related to special education services, dropout prevention, attendance, truancy or disciplinary issues.
The bill proceeds to a recorded third reading vote.