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

Originally Posted: January 24, 2020
Last Updated: January 24, 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 would consider strategies to increase diversity in the educator workforce.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports this bill. A study found that only one in five public school teachers are educators of color, while approximately half of public elementary and secondary school students are students of color. Research shows that a diverse educator workforce positively impacts children’s academic and social-emotional development.

Current Status

Assigned to the House Education Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 1:30pm in Room 0107.