April 2, 2012

(Denver) – April Fool’s Day was yesterday. Today, Rep. Judy Solano really did get an education bill through the House.

HB12-1261 extends a successful stipend program to that supports teachers who complete the rigorous National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification and who commit to teach in low-performing Colorado schools. Students taught by board-certified teachers show higher gains in academic achievement, motivation and attendance rates.

“We want to put our best teachers where we need them most,” said Rep. Solano (D-Brighton), a 29-year schoolteacher who has been a tireless advocate for more effective uses for education spending.

A 60-0 vote sent the bill to the Senate. Rep. Solano, who has seen two other education bills killed this session on party-line votes, said she was relieved that this one passed with unanimous bipartisan support.

“With all the state mandates placed on teachers, it’s time we showed them some support,” she said.

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