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Officials hope House Bill 1130 will alleviate teacher shortage in Colorado

DENVER - House Bill 1130, a chance to help with the teacher shortage problem in Colorado, is headed to the Senate. 

READ MORE:Teacher shortage continues to worsen in Colorado

The bill, which is sponsored by Representative Dave Williams (R-Colorado Springs), permits a school district board of education to issue a district-authorized teaching license to an applicant who has had at least three years of in or out-of-state teaching experience within the previous seven years.

Currently, anyone wanting to teach in Colorado has to have three consecutive years of teaching experience to be eligible for a teaching permit. 

"This is a good step in the right direction and I am grateful for Representative Terri Carver’s help to craft a bill that can help reduce Colorado’s teacher shortage," said Williams. "Effective teachers shape our children’s future, and right now Colorado cannot afford to have an unnecessary policy preventing good teachers from being in the classroom."

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