The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - — Monte Wha­ley, The Den­ver Post

Ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials are ex­pand­ing their statewide search for so­lu­tions to Colorado’s mas­sive teacher short­age.

The meet­ings are part of an ex­tended outreach ef­fort by the state’s de­part­ments of ed­u­ca­tion and higher ed­u­ca­tion to gather in­for­ma­tion and de­velop an ac­tion plan for re­cruit­ing and hir­ing high-qual­ity teach­ers.

A town hall meet­ing in Den­ver is sched­uled from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tues­day at Mile High United Way CoBank Lead­er­ship Cen­ter, 711 Park Ave. West.

As many as 3,000 teach­ing jobs across Colorado are un­filled, and ru­ral ar­eas are be­ing hit es­pe­cially hard, ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials said.

Other town halls: Fri­day, 10:30 a.m.-noon,

Colorado State Uni­ver­sity, Be­hav­ioral Sciences Build­ing, Room A101, in Fort Collins

Mon­day, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Cherry Creek School District In­struc­tional Sup­port Fa­cil­ity, 5416 S. Riviera Way, Cen­ten­nial

Wed­nes­day, 3-4:30 p.m., Colorado Moun­tain Col­lege, Leadville Cam­pus, 901 U.S. 24, Leadville

Aug. 7, 3-4:30 p.m., Uni­ver­sity of Colorado Colorado Springs, Cen­ten­nial Hall Au­di­to­rium, 1420 Austin Bluffs Park­way, Colorado Springs

Aug. 10, 2:30-4 p.m., Otis High School, 518 Du­gan St., Otis

Aug. 14 or 15, time to be de­ter­mined, Ig­na­cio High School, 315 Ig­na­cio St., Ig­na­cio

Aug. 18, 1-2:30 p.m., East Cen­tral BOCES Of­fice, 820 2nd St., Li­mon

Aug. 21, 2-3:30 p.m., Las An­i­mas High School, 300 Grove Ave., Las An­i­mas

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