May 1, 2019

Denver, CO – The Colorado State Senate today voted 27-to-7 with 1 excused to pass HB19-1002, Leadership Professional Development for School Principals, a bipartisan bill sponsored by Senator Rachel Zenzinger (D-Arvada) that would create the school leadership pilot program to provide professional development for school principals. The bill now heads back to the House for consideration of amendments.

“Dissatisfaction with school leadership is the number one reason Colorado teachers leave their current schools, and it remains a contributing factor to the educator shortage facing our state,” said Senator Zenzinger. “This program will help principals foster great learning environments and positive school cultures, increasing teacher retention rates, improving student learning outcomes, and reducing Colorado’s educator shortage.”

HB19-1002 would provide professional development to school principals across the state through the creation of a three-year school leadership pilot program, ensuring they have the training they need to improve work environments and properly support teachers. The professional development program would focus on distributive and collaborative leadership skills with the goal of improving educator retention, school climate and culture, and student outcomes.  

For more information about HB19-1002, please visit https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1002

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