4 More Bills to Tackle Teacher Shortage Advance

April 24, 2018

(April 23) – Four Democratic-sponsored bills to address Colorado’s chronic teacher shortage passed the House Education Committee today, for a total of six bills in the 2018 legislative process that seek to make it easier to attract and retain teachers. “In Colorado we have 3,000 teacher positions unfilled,” said Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango. “These bills

2018 School Finance Bill Passes House

April 20, 2018

(April 19) – The annual school finance bill – the best news Colorado’s students have received in at least a decade – passed the House of Representatives tonight. “We are prioritizing our woefully underfunded schools,” Rep. Brittany Pettersen told the House. “While I know we still have a lot of work to do, we have

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

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 Last year, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinded Obama-era guidance for institutions of higher education on how they should address sexual assaults under the