HB18-1189 (Pettersen & Sias/Hill & Todd) Expanding Effective Teacher Residency Programs

Originally Posted: February 9, 2018
Last Updated: May 4, 2018


The bill creates the Teacher Residency Expansion Program in the Department of Education (CDE). The program will communicate best practices for teacher residency programs with school districts, charter schools and BOCES. CDE must work with institutions of higher education and local districts to expand teacher residency programs as pilot programs. Reports regarding the success of the programs must be submitted and shared with the State Board of Education, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, the governor’s office and the education committees in both the House and the Senate.


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 a pipeline between institutions of higher education and local school districts for educator talent.

Current Status

Passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 33-2 and now heads back to the House for consideration of Senate amendments

Previous Statuses

February 10, 2018

Scheduled to be heard in the House Education Committee on Monday, Feb. 26 at 1:30pm in Room 0112


April 13, 2018

 Passed the House Appropriations Committee unanimously and now heads to the House floor for debate

April 20, 2018

Assigned to the Senate Education Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, Apr. 25 upon adjournment in SCR 352

April 27, 2018

Passed the Senate Education and Appropriations Committees unanimously and now heads to the Senate floor for debate