A huge thanks to Jane Goff, our elected State Board of Education member for alerting us to these upcoming town hall meetings!
The subject is a study of the teacher shortage in Colorado. Although we think we know a lot of the reasons why this is an issue and believe our friends in Jeffco do as well, the legislature voted on a study of the issue. See the following from Chalkbeat:
“Officials from the the Colorado Department of Education and Department of Higher Education will cross-cross the state this summer for a series of town halls. The idea is to gather information that will help them craft a plan to reverse the trend gripping many of the state’s schools.”
“State lawmakers earlier this year passed legislation calling for such a plan, which is due by the end of the year.”
“Colorado’s traditional teacher preparation programs at colleges and universities have seen enrollment numbers drop significantly. Between 2010 and 2016 there was a 22.7 percent drop in the number of people completing preparation programs at Colorado colleges and universities.”
“Current teachers also are leaving the profession at a steady clip.”
Though we’re a little surprised to see only one date for the entire metro area and nothing in stone, here are the dates of the meetings where your voices are needed. Please save the date!
- Parachute – June 23
- Fort Collins – July 28
- Denver – July 31 or August 1 (TBD)
- Leadville – August 2
- Colorado Springs – August 7
- Otis – August 10
- Ignacio – August 14 or 15 (TBD)
- Limon – August 17 or 18 (TBD)
- Las Animas – August 21