HB 17-1344 (Bridges & Pettersen/Priola &Todd) Innovative Teacher Preparation Pilot Programs

Originally Posted: April 28, 2017
Last Updated: April 28, 2017


The bill would establish a series of pilot programs to test innovative ideas developed by a diverse coalition of K-12 and higher education stakeholders. These pilots would produce valuable information and data to help state leaders improve teacher preparation programs and address the teacher shortage crisis facing many parts of Colorado.


The Colorado Children’s Campaign supports the bill. The bill requires the department of education and department of higher education to collaborate and develop strategies that will help train teachers in being more effective once they enter the classroom. We believe this is essential to support the efforts to recruit and retain a diverse teacher workforce.

Current Status

Introduced in the House and assigned to the House Education Committee.