HB20-1007 (Coleman/Fields) Diverse Kindergarten Through 12th Grade Educator Workforce Report

Originally Posted: January 31, 2020
Last Updated: June 19, 2020

Summary

This bill would direct the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Education to convene a workgroup on diversity in the educator workforce. The workgroup would be charged with investigating barriers to the preparation, retention, and recruitment of a diverse educator workforce and present strategies to the education committees to increase diversity in the educator workforce.  It would also require the Department of Higher Education and the Department of Education to share first time pass rates for Colorado teacher preparation programs.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports this bill. While nearly 50 percent of Colorado students describe themselves as non-white, 76 percent of all Colorado teachers are white, with 67 percent of all teachers in Colorado being white women. A significant body of research strongly suggests that students benefit from having diverse teachers. For example, test scores and college matriculation rates increase while high school drop-out rates and the number of suspensions and expulsions decrease by having diverse teachers teaching diverse students. Research shows that a diverse educator workforce positively impacts children’s academic and social-emotional development.

Current Status

Died in the Senate Appropriations Committee

 

Previous Statuses


January 31, 2020

Passed out of the House Education Committee unanimously and now heads to the House Appropriations Committee. Our Policy Analyst, Stephanie Perez-Carillo, testified in support.

March 6, 2020

Passed the Senate Education Committee unanimously and now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Stephanie Perez-Carrillo, Policy Analyst, testified in support of the bill.