House Passes Two Bills to Tackle Teacher Shortage

April 17, 2018

(April 16) – A pair of bills to address the statewide teacher shortage passed the House today. HB18-1189, sponsored by Reps. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, and Lang Sias, R-Arvada, creates a pilot program to expand residencies, in which aspiring teachers are paired with experienced mentor teachers in the classroom. “We need to continue to look at

House Protects Net Neutrality

April 17, 2018

(April 17) – The House passed legislation today to ensure that an open and free internet is protected in Colorado. HB18-1312, sponsored by Reps. Chris Hansen, D-Denver, and Leslie Herod, D-Denver, to protect net neutrality and safeguard taxpayer money, passed on a 35-28 vote. Last year, the Trump administration rolled back Obama-era rules ensuring a

A PERA Fix That’s Really a Fix

April 17, 2018

(April 16) – A bill to assure the long-term solvency of Colorado PERA, the retirement plan for teachers and government employees, was significantly amended in the House Finance Committee today. SB18-200, sponsored in the House by Majority Leader KC Becker and Rep. Dan Pabon, commits $225 million in new funding to reduce PERA’s liability and

Duran-Winter Bill to Address Sexual Assault on Campus Headed to the House Floor

April 17, 2018

(April 16) – The House Education Committee approved a bill sponsored by Speaker Cristana Duran and Rep. Faith Winter to address sexual misconduct in higher education by a vote of 7-6. Last year, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinded Obama-era guidance for institutions of higher education on how they should address sexual assaults under the