(1) There is established the history, culture, social contributions, and civil government in education commission, referred to in this section as the "commission". The purpose of the commission is to make recommendations to the state board of education and department of education to be used in conjunction with the regular six-year review of the state's education standards and programs pursuant to section 22-7-1005 (6). The recommendations must seek to further the discovery, interpretation, and learning of the history, culture, social contributions, and civil government of the United States and Colorado, including the contributions of American Indians, Latinos, African Americans, and Asian Americans, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals within these minority groups, and the intersectionality of significant social and cultural features within these communities, and the contributions and persecution of religious minorities. The commission shall work cooperatively and in conjunction with the department of education and local school boards of education as described in section 22-1-104.
(2) The commission consists of sixteen members and, to the extent practicable, must include persons from throughout the state and persons with disabilities and must reflect the ethnic diversity of the state. A majority of the commission members must have either classroom experience or experience in developing education content standards. On or before August 15, 2019, the appointing officials shall appoint membership of the commission as follows:
(a) The governor shall appoint, through the office of boards and commissions, the following members of the commission:
(I) Two members from the American Indian community;
(II) Two members from the Latino community;
(III) Two members from the African American community;
(IV) Two members from the Asian American community;
(V) One member from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community;
(VI) One member who is a teacher and holds an initial or professional teacher license pursuant to article 60.5 of this title 22;
(VII) One member from an organization that represents either school superintendents or local school boards; and
(VIII) Two members representing higher education. One member must represent a large state institution of higher education, and one member must represent a smaller state institution of higher education.
(b) The commissioner of education shall appoint two members from the department of education, who are nonvoting members; and
(c) The president of the state historical society, established in part 2 of article 80 of title 24, or the president's designee, who is a nonvoting member.
(3) Commission members serve for terms of four years; except that, of the members first appointed, two members appointed pursuant to each of subsections (2)(a)(I), (2)(a)(II), and (2)(a)(III) of this section and one member appointed pursuant to subsection (2)(a)(IV) of this section, as designated by the governor, serve initial terms of two years. The appointing officials shall fill any vacancies on the commission for the remainder of any unexpired term.
(4) Beginning in September 2019, the commission shall meet a minimum of two times per year and additionally as needed in conjunction with the community forums established in section 22-1-104 (3)(a).
(5) Commission members serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for actual and reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
Source: L. 2019: Entire section added, (HB 19-1192), ch. 302, p. 2775, 2, effective May 28.