McLachlan Reacts to Defeat of Bill to Reduce Teacher Shortage 

May 4, 2018

(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

Trio of School Safety Measures Advance

April 27, 2018

(April 26) – Three Democratic-sponsored bills to increase school safety and security moved forward in the House today. SB18-158, sponsored by Speaker Crisanta Duran and Rep. Marc Catlin, R-Montrose, would invest in technology to allow for seamless communications between schools and first responders. “When there’s a life-threatening situation at one of our schools, every second

Exum Trifecta

April 27, 2018

(April 26) – Three bills sponsored by Rep. Tony Exum Sr. won the House’s voice-vote approval tonight. HB18-1316, sponsored by Reps. Exum, D-Colorado Springs, and Dan Pabon, D-Denver, continues the WORK Act, first sponsored by Rep. Pabon in 2015 and now recognized as one of the best workforce development programs in the country. The program

House Passes Dem Teacher Shortage Package

April 26, 2018

(April 25) – Another Democratic-sponsored bill to address Colorado’s chronic teacher shortage passed the House today, completing House action on a six-bill legislative package to make it easier to recruit teachers and retain them once they’re hired. “In Colorado we have 3,000 teacher positions unfilled,” said Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango. “Enough is enough. We need