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Supporting the Educator Workforce

Concerning supporting the educator workforce in Colorado.
2024 Regular Session
Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Bill Summary

The bill requires the department of education to create, maintain, and manage an online career support and pathways portal (online portal) for educators; staff; school districts, district charter schools, institute charter schools, boards of cooperative services, or approved facility schools (local education providers); and educator preparation programs (educator programs). The online portal must have:

  • Access to career incentives, stipends, and loan forgiveness;
  • Career pathway information for educators and staff, including, but not limited to, mentoring, induction program coaching, instructional coaching, district curriculum support, special assignments for teachers, and principal leadership; and
  • A job posting and application portal for local education providers to post open employment positions and to search for prospective candidates, and for educators and staff to upload resumes and to apply to open employment positions.

Local education providers and educator programs shall post a link to the online portal on their websites to promote the online portal to educators and staff.

The bill allows Indian tribes and tribal organizations to access and use the online portal.

Pursuant to current law, the educator and retention program (ERR program) provides support to members of the armed forces and nonmilitary-affiliated educator candidates. The bill expands criteria for participation in the ERR program to include applicants who are:

  • Enrolled in a teacher degree apprenticeship program and employed by an Indian tribe or tribal organization or a local education provider; or
  • Enrolled in an educator program to attain a special services provider license with the appropriate endorsement.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. M. Catlin, Rep. B. McLachlan
Sen. C. Simpson, Sen. R. Zenzinger



The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details