Rep. Williams helps address the teacher shortage in Colorado

Representative Dave Williams - Colorado Springs (HD 15)

Rep. Dave Williams – Colorado Springs (HD 15)

DENVER—Today, the House unanimously passed legislation, sponsored by Representative Dave Williams (R-Colorado Springs), that can directly help alleviate the teacher shortage facing numerous regions of Colorado. House Bill 1130 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.

Current law requires a teacher applicant to have three consecutive years of teaching experience to be eligible for a Colorado teaching permit; a requirement that many military spouses who are teachers or other teachers that have recently relocated to Colorado are unable to meet.

“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.”

Representative Terri Carver (R-Colorado Springs) opted to amend House Bill 1130, with language from her bill, House Bill 1095, which extended the teaching permit to only military spouses with three years of teaching experience.

House Bill 1130 now heads to the Senate for further consideration.