(May 3) – Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, released the following statement after HB18-1367, sponsored by Reps. McLachlan and Jim Wilson, R-Salida was killed on Wednesday in a Senate committee. The bill would have provided funding for a mentoring program pairing high-achieving active or retired principals with selected principals who need to improve their skills. 

Underperforming principals have been identified as a significant factor in teachers’ decisions to leave the profession. 

“Clearly my colleagues in the Senate have not done their homework on the teacher shortage impacting our state,” Rep. McLachlan said. “My bill would have fostered stronger leadership in our schools and helped retain more teachers. We should be treating our teachers with the respect they deserve for serving our students.” 

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