HB21-1010 (Ricks/Fields) Diverse K-12 Educator Workforce Report

Originally Posted: February 26, 2021
Last Updated: April 30, 2021

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 presenting 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 firsttime pass rates for Colorado teacher preparation programs.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports this bill. While nearly half of Colorado students identify as students of color, 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

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

Previous Statuses


March 26, 2021

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

February 26, 2021

Introduced in the House and assigned to the House Education Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Thurs. March 18 at 1:30p in HCR0107. Our policy and partnerships manager Stephanie Perez-Carrillo will testify in support.