Thursday the Senate Education Committee passed House Bill 11-1201 allowing for a more streamlined and efficient licensing process for Colorado teachers. “This has been a growing problem in our school districts,” said Senate co-prime sponsor Jean White, R-Hayden. “The backlog of applications has prevented districts from hiring qualified teachers in their schools.”
Currently the Colorado Department of Education is burdened with processing an increased number of applications, many of which are renewals, with limited staff. This bill will create more efficiency in this process by allowing teachers to sign an affidavit like many other professions allow while applications are certified.
House Bill 11-1201 will now be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee.