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Bill Detail: HB20-1231

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Title Amend Programs Addressing Educator Shortages
Status Introduced In House - Assigned to Education + Appropriations (01/31/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
  • Higher Education
House Sponsors J. Wilson (R)
Senate Sponsors N. Todd (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/31/2020
Description

The bill amends and repeals, in part, the existing grow your own
educator program to authorize local education providers, including school
districts, charter schools, and boards of cooperative services, to establish
local grow your own educator programs that give high school students the
opportunity to participate in a teacher preparation pathway in which high
school students can receive college credit for course work that leads to an
education or related degree or credential at a 2- or 4-year institution of
higher education. The department of education, in consultation with the

department of higher education, shall create a framework for local grow
your own educator programs, including the accumulation of transferable
postsecondary credit.
As part of the grow your own educator program, the bill creates a
grow your own educator scholarship to award $5,000 to students in higher
education preparation programs who have completed not less than the
final 24 credit hours required for an education or related degree or
credential and agree to work as an educator in a Colorado public school
upon completion of the degree or credential. In awarding scholarships, the
state board shall prioritize students who participated in a local education
provider's grow your own educator program while in high school and who
complete their final field work in a school of the local education provider.
Next, the state board shall prioritize scholarships to students who
participated in a local education provider's grow your own educator
program while in high school and who commit to teaching in a content
shortage area or in a rural area.
The bill amends the teacher of record license to apply to students
participating in a Colorado-approved program of preparation and who
will be employed with a local education provider experiencing a critical
teacher shortage, without the need to show that no other licensed
applicant has applied. The bill removes references to the grow your own
educator program that no longer apply.
The bill amends the teacher of record program to remove the
requirement that a teacher participating in the program must fill a position
for which no other licensed applicant has applied.
The bill directs the Colorado commission on higher education, in
collaboration with the governing boards and the higher education council,
to negotiate statewide degree transfer agreements so that statewide degree
transfer agreements are in place no later than 2022 for educator
preparation programs, including but not limited to elementary and
secondary education; early childhood education; special education;
speech and language pathology; occupational therapy; world languages;
mathematics; science; and STEM, as defined in statute. Credits
accumulated pursuant to a statewide degree transfer agreement apply to
the transfer of course work, regardless of whether the course work was
successfully completed at a 2-year or 4-year state institution of higher
education and regardless of whether the credit is being transferred to a
2-year or 4-year state institution of higher education.

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