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Bill Detail: SB20-158

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Title Professional Training For Educators
Status Governor Signed (06/30/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors J. Wilson (R)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate Sponsors N. Todd (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 02/04/2020

The bill makes changes to the assistance programs that are
designed to increase the number of educators within the state, especially
in rural school districts, by:
  • Expanding the educator loan forgiveness program by
making it available to individuals who graduate from any
preparation program that leads to educator licensure and

removing the limitation of no more than 100 new
participants per year;
  • Clarifying that a stipend provided to teacher candidates in
rural areas does not constitute student financial assistance;
  • Clarifying that a teaching fellow may choose to have a
teaching fellowship program stipend awarded as student
financial assistance or wages for employment.
The bill amends the program requirements that the department of
higher education and the Colorado commission on higher education
(commission) must review when approving educator preparation
programs (programs). Under existing law, following a review, the
commission may approve a program, place the program on probation
status, or terminate the program. The bill adds the option of granting the
program conditional approval and directs the commission to adopt
policies regarding how long a program may remain on conditional
approval or probation and how a program is moved from one approval
level to another. A program that receives conditional approval may
continue accepting new students, but a program on probationary status
cannot accept new students.
Under existing law, the state board of education (state board)
reviews the content of educator preparation programs to ensure the
content prepares teachers to meet the teacher quality standards and qualify
for licensure. The bill clarifies that the state board, based on the content
review, may recommend that an educator preparation program be placed
on conditional approval or probation and that the commission must work
with the state board in determining the status of educator preparation

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