February 12, 2003
Colorado Association of School Executives
By Phil Fox
Deputy Executive Director
Student transfers have humbugged CHSAA (Colorado
High School Activities Association) since the beginning of
parental choice back in the late 1980s. Some students
allegedly transfer schools in order that they play for a better
football team and/or get more playing time so as to be
noticed by college scouts. And, according to the sideline
rumor mill, some Colorado coaches actively recruit star
players from other schools. Egad!
After several failed legislative attempts to stop this
“free-agency,” CHSAA has struck pay dirt in the form of
H.B. 1083, sponsored by the chairs of both the House and
Senate Education Committees.
H.B. 1083 allows CHSAA to set rules governing student
transfers. CHSAA testified in committee that it intended
for the new rules to include a provision that if the student
transfers for reasons other than moving to the attendance
area, then that student will be ineligible to play sports for
the first half of that season’s games. The bill specifically
delegates to CHSAA rule setting for determining eligibility.
Also, CHSAA will keep its current appeals process in place
to weigh individual circumstances.
CASE strongly supports CHSAA’s efforts.
On the more serious side, S.B. 36 will most likely pass.
This is the measure that makes completion of a course on
Colorado and U.S. civics a requirement for graduation.
Don’t waste your breath about “local control” in this
Lastly, H.B. 1259 will require that high school principals
or their designees be deputy voter registrars and make voter
applications available to kids turning 18 and new or
non-registered parents. CASE is recommending that high
school principals appoint newly empowered civics teachers
as deputy voter registrars.
The newspapers, the Capitol pundits, and public service TV
programs are all twitterpated about what to do about
Amendment 23. Indeed, the volume is cranked up. Our
opinion is that something will happen regarding revisions
to Amendment 23. We cannot tell at this point whether
there will be proposals regarding the larger tax structure of
Colorado, such as the TABOR Amendment and the
Gallagher Amendment. Stay tuned!
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With war in Iraq apparently just weeks away, a major surge
of patriotism is sweeping through the State Capitol.
Several bills are getting a lot of ink. H.B. 1128
Rep. Stafford (R-Arapahoe, Elbert Cos.) would require that
every school and public building conspicuously display the
national motto, In God We Trust. The bill requires that the
motto be no less than 10x14 inches on a plaque made of
permanent, non-porous material or metal plate or framed in
a glass frame. What’s next? Font style?
You really can’t make this stuff up!!! This bill isn’t likely
to pass because of the “fiscal impact” it will have. CASE
has countered that all district e-mails should begin with the
national motto.
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