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Bill Detail: SB21-185

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Title Supporting Educator Workforce In Colorado
Status Governor Signed (06/16/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
  • Higher Education
House Sponsors B. McLachlan (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate Sponsors B. Rankin (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 03/18/2021

Current law limits the content areas in which a person who holds
an adjunct instructor authorization may teach. The bill allows a school
district or charter school to employ a person who holds an adjunct
instructor authorization to teach in all content areas in order to address
recruiting challenges and establish a diverse workforce. A person who
holds an adjunct instructor authorization may be employed under the

authorization only in the school district or charter school that requested
the person's services. A person who holds an adjunct instructor
authorization and is employed by a school district may teach only under
the general supervision of a licensed professional. A school district and
a charter school may not employ the person as a full-time teacher.
The bill requires the department of education (department) to
direct resources to publicize existing teacher preparation programs to
facilitate entry into the teaching profession. The bill also requires the
department to provide technical support to school districts, boards of
cooperative services, and charter schools to assist them in accessing the
existing programs and in recruiting individuals to pursue teaching careers.
The bill requires the state board for community colleges and
occupational education to collaborate with the department and the deans
of the schools of education and academic administrators in Colorado
institutions of higher education, or their designees, to design a teaching
career pathway for individuals to enter the teaching profession. The bill
outlines the components of the teaching career pathway program.
The bill creates the teacher recruitment education and preparation
program (TREP program). Two of the main objectives of the TREP
program are to increase the number of students entering the teaching
profession and to create a more diverse teacher workforce to reflect the
ethnic diversity of the state. A qualified TREP program participant may
concurrently enroll in postsecondary courses in the 2 years directly
following the year in which the participant was enrolled in the twelfth
grade of a local education provider. The bill outlines the selection criteria
and requirements for the TREP program.
The bill creates the educator recruitment and retention program
(ERR program) in the department to provide support to members of the
armed forces, nonmilitary-affiliated educator candidates, and local
education providers to recruit, select, train, and retain highly qualified
educators across the state. The state board of education and the state
board for community colleges and occupational education shall
promulgate rules to implement the ERR program. The bill outlines the
eligibility criteria and program services. Eligible ERR program
participants may receive up to $10,000 for the tuition cost of participating
in an educator preparation program.

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