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Bill Detail: HB23-1001

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Title Expanding Assistance For Educator Programs
Status Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education (02/06/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Higher Education
House Sponsors B. McLachlan (D)
C. Kipp (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Zenzinger (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 01/09/2023
Summary

For educator preparation stipend programs, current law defines
eligible student to mean a student who is eligible for financial
assistance because the student's expected family contribution does not
exceed 200% of the maximum federal Pell-eligible expected family
contribution. The bill amends the definition of eligible student to mean
a student who is eligible for financial assistance because the student's
expected family contribution does not exceed 250% of the maximum
federal Pell-eligible expected family contribution.
Current law requires that a student eligible for the student educator
stipend program must be placed as a student educator in a school- or
community-based setting in Colorado. The bill allows a student to be
placed as a student educator in a school- or community-based setting in
Colorado or within 100 miles of the Colorado state border.
The bill creates an exception to the student educator stipend
program and the educator test stipend program for funds appropriated to
the department of higher education from the economic recovery and relief
cash fund. The Colorado commission on higher education (commission)
is authorized to approve criteria for students who qualify for the student
educator stipend program and the educator test stipend program. For the
student educator stipend program, the commission is required, first, to
consider students with an expected family contribution that does not
exceed 300% of the maximum federal Pell-eligible expected family
contribution. For the educator test stipend program, the commission is
required, first, to consider students with an expected family contribution
that does not exceed 300% of the maximum federal Pell-eligible expected
family contribution and, second, to consider graduates of an approved
program of preparation who were placed as student educators before
passing the assessment of professional competencies in state fiscal years
2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22.
Current law requires eligible applicants for the temporary educator
loan forgiveness program (forgiveness program) to be educators licensed
as teachers or school counselors. The bill broadens the program
requirements to allow eligible applicants to be educators licensed as
principals or special service providers.
The bill broadens the requirements of the forgiveness program.
The commission is required, first, to consider applicants who hold
educator licenses and prioritize the approval of those applications based
on the length of time each applicant has been employed under the license,
beginning with those who have been employed the shortest length of
time. The bill removes the forgiveness program requirement that the
commission approves applicants who have contracted for a qualified
position in a rural school or a rural school district or in a content shortage
area whose percentage of at-risk pupils exceeded 60% in the 2021-22
budget year.

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