The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Monte Wha­ley

A bi­par­ti­san bill aimed at study­ing and fix­ing the causes of Colorado’s grow­ing teacher short­age passed the state House on Mon­day and now heads to the Se­nate for ap­proval.

House Bill 1003 re­quires the Depart­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion to work with the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, school dis­tricts and other ed­u­ca­tion as­so­ci­a­tions to iden­tify root causes of the teacher short­age and rec­om­mend strate­gies to re­cruit and re­tain more teach­ers.

Be­cause each area of the state has dif­fer­ent needs, the plan will gen­er­ate unique so­lu­tions for ru­ral, ur­ban and sub­ur­ban school dis­tricts, said the bill’s spon­sor, Rep. Bar­bara McLachlan.

“We know the teacher short­age in Colorado has reached cri­sis mode, so this bill creates the frame­work to do some­thing about it and bring more teach­ers to our class­room,” McLachlan said.

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