Removing Barriers for Kids to Succeed

(April 21) – Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet’s bill to protect student access to their own grades passed the House with a 48-16 vote this morning.

“We have an obligation to allow students an opportunity to a free public education,” said Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City. “And that includes access to their grades if they need to change schools or reenroll. We should not be keeping a student from pursuing their education simply for not being able to pay a fine.”

The bill prevents a school or school district from withholding records required for enrollment in another school or institution of higher education, such as a transcript, for failure to pay any fine or fee assessed by the school. This includes fines related to returning or replacing textbooks, library resources or other school property.

Testimony during the bill’s committee hearing pointed out that the policy of withholding transcripts can lead to low-income students dropping out of school.

HB17-1301 now continues to the Senate.


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