SB18-085 (Todd/McLachlan) Financial Incentives for Education in Rural Areas

Originally Posted: January 26, 2018
Last Updated: May 11, 2018


The bill increases the number of stipends available to teachers in rural school districts who want to earn National Board Certification, earn certification as a concurrent enrollment teacher, or further their professional development through continuing education to 60 per year. It also expands eligibility to include special services providers (counselors, etc.) and teachers who are alternatively licensed. Teachers who receive the stipend must commit to teaching a rural school district for a minimum of three years.


This bill is an extension of SB16-104, introduced by Senator Todd and Representative Jon Becker. The Children’s Campaign testified in support of the original bill in 2016 in both the House and the Senate. We support this bill because we believe that it is important that we cultivate educator talent and professional development in our rural districts.

Current Status

Passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 48-17 and now heads to the governor’s desk for signature

Previous Statuses

March 30, 2018

Assigned to the Senate Education Committee

April 13, 2018

Passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on a vote of 4-3 and now heads to the Senate floor for debate

April 20, 2018

Passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 28-7 and now heads to the House Education Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Monday, Apr. 23 at 1:30pm in room 0112

April 27, 2018

Passed the House Education and Appropriations Committees, passed 2nd reading in the House, and passed 3rd reading in the House on a vote of 48-17.