At Stand for Children Colorado we advocate for policy solutions in the areas of early literacy, high school success, and safe and supportive schools and communities. This session we are proud to be championing and supporting key bills to support Colorado’s students, educators, and families.
This session, we are prioritizing policies to (specific bill details below as they are introduced):
- Expand funding for the Ninth Grade On-Track and Expelled and At-Risk Student Services (EARSS) grant programs.
- Remove barriers to support teaching candidates, expanding and diversifying the educator workforce.
- Ensure equitable school funding.
- Eliminate the, currently allowable, practice of lying to juveniles during interrogation.
- Update probation and parole supervision to include remote check-in options and early release for education credits earned.
- Cap the cost of phone calls from prison or jail.
Remove barriers to support teaching candidates, expanding and diversifying the educator workforce.
HB23-1001 Expanding Assistance For Educator Programs, a continuation of HB22-1220, expands eligibility for financial assistance and offers loan forgiveness to a larger pool of educators who qualify for state programs.
HB23-1064 Interstate Teacher Mobility Compact creates a compact to make it easier for active-duty military spouses to transfer their teaching licenses without further testing, thereby allowing them to teach in Colorado classrooms faster.
SB23-087 Teacher Degree Apprenticeship Program creates a teacher degree apprenticeship program as an alternative route to teacher licensure which helps to alleviate the educator shortage.
Eliminate the, currently allowable, practice of lying to juveniles during interrogation.
HB23-1042, Admissibility Standards For Juvenile Statements increases funding for interrogation training for law enforcement, as well as improves the general reliability of confessions by requiring all juvenile interrogations to be recorded.