Democracy in action! Congratulations to all involved in the passing of HB19-1036 – Annual Stipends for Certified School Professionals. Here are a few words from PSD School Psychologist, Melanie Potyondy.

“This year has been a crash course in democracy for me, and a formative experience in building my confidence about constituents’ power to effect change.

“This fall, I emailed my wonderful state representative Jeni James Arndt about a state statute with which I saw an issue, just on a whim. Not only did she listen, she ran with it. She took it on as one of her bills for the year. I, along with some of my school psychologist colleagues, Brittany Hutson (PSD), Brad Reimers (PSD), and Sacha Mittelman (BVSD), had the honor of supporting her as HB19-1036 made its way through the House and the Senate. We got to see Representative Arndt and her co-sponsors argue passionately about school psychologists’ value and advocate on our behalf for parity in compensation. We got to speak at the Capitol (twice!). Today, our bill was passed by the general assembly and is one step away from being a law. (The bill was signed by Governor Polis on 2-28-19; becoming law.)

“It is a small bill. It gives certain school psychologists a yearly stipend. It still feels really special, and I am grateful.”

~Melanie Potyondy
PSD School Psychologist

Find more information on the Bill HERE.

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis signing HB19-1036 on 2/28/19.
Behind Governor Polis, from left: Representative Jeni James Arndt (Co-Sponsor); Representative Barbara McLachlan (Co-Sponsor), PSD School Psychologists Brittany Hutson, Melanie Potyondy, and Brad Reimers; Representative Cathy Kipp (former PSD Board of Education member).

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