HB 17-1003 (McLachlan) Strategic Plan to Address Teacher Shortages

Originally Posted: January 13, 2017
Last Updated: April 21, 2017


The bill requires the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Education to examine the recruitment, preparation, and retention of teachers. It requires these departments to prepare a strategic plan to address teacher shortages in school districts and public schools within the state. The departments must collaborate with institutions of higher education, school districts, and other educational interest groups in preparing the plan.


The Children’s Campaign supports this proposal to address teacher shortages. A significant portion of Colorado’s teacher workforce of 57,000 teachers will be retiring in the next decade, and already many of our rural districts are struggling to fill teacher vacancies. It will be essential to recruit, train and retain a diverse teacher workforce.

Current Status

Passed the Senate on 3rd reading with a vote of 20-14 and the House concurred with Senate amendments, so the bill now heads to the governor’s desk for signature.

Previous Statuses

April 14, 2017

The bill passed the Senate Education Committee as amended on a bipartisan vote of 5-2 and now heads to the Senate floor for debate. Our Vice President of Education Initiatives Leslie Colwell testified in support.

March 31, 2017

The bill passed the House on a 37-26 vote and now heads to the Senate.

March 24, 2017

Passed the House Education Committee on a 7-5 vote and moves on to the committee of the whole. Vice President of Education Initiatives Leslie Colwell testified in support of the bill. Read her testimony here.

January 13, 2017

Introduced in the House – Assigned to the House Education Committee.