HB18-1002 (Hamner & Rankin/Todd & Coram) Rural School District Teaching Fellowship Program

Originally Posted: January 19, 2018
Last Updated: May 11, 2018


The bill allows rural school districts with hiring challenges to partner with approved teacher preparation programs to place teacher candidates in schools for a year-long fellowship. The program limits participation to 100 fourth-year college students and requires that each student, upon completion, receive a stipend of $10,000, 50 percent to be paid by the state and the other 50 percent to be paid by the higher education institution. The teaching fellow must work for the district in which they completed the fellowship for two years, otherwise they are required to repay the amount of the stipend. The bill also requires participating districts to submit a report to the Department of Higher Education.


Last year, the Department of Education released the Colorado Teacher Shortages report, which highlighted declining enrollment in teacher preparation programs and the tremendous educator needs in many of Colorado’s rural school districts. The Children’s Campaign supports this bill as one of many strategies that will be considered this session to address educator shortage challenges. Every child deserves the benefit of high-quality teachers, and it is important that we cultivate educator talent in our rural districts.

Current Status

Passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 30-5 and now heads to the governor’s desk for signature

Previous Statuses

January 19, 2018

Assigned to the House Education Committee

January 19, 2018

Has been assigned to the House Education Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Monday, Jan. 29 at 1:30 PM in Room 0112

April 20, 2018

Passed the House Appropriations Committee on a vote of 12-1 and now heads to the House floor for debate

April 27, 2018

Passed the Senate Education Committee on a vote of 4-2 and now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee