HB18-1002 (Hamner & Rankin/Todd & Coram) Rural School District Teaching Fellowship Program
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.
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.
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
January 19, 2018
Assigned to the House Education Committee