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$10 million in Colorado cannabis taxes targeted to address teacher shortage

$10 million in Colorado cannabis taxes targeted to address teacher shortage

  • Published: Nov 10, 2017, 6:49 pm • Updated: Nov 13, 2017, 8:01 am By Monte Whaley, The Denver Post State education officials are compiling a list of ideas on how best to spend $10 million in marijuana tax proceeds aimed at reversing Colorado’s teacher shortages.
  • The $10 million was earmarked to take on the problems of hiring and retaining teachers in Colorado by Gov. John Hickenlooper in his proposed 2018-19 budget released earlier this month.
  • As many as 3,000 teaching jobs across Colorado are unfilled and rural areas are being hit especially hard, state officials say.
  • Many of those ideas came from a series of public hearings held throughout Colorado this summer hosted by the education department and the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Gee said.
  • “We are evaluating the specific needs and priorities we heard from the teacher shortage town halls conducted over the summer and looking to find programs where this infusion of dollars could create more systemic solutions for our rural schools,” Gee said.

Colorado’s state education officials are deciding how best to spend $10 million in marijuana tax proceeds aimed at reversing teacher shortages.

Published: Nov 10, 2017, 6:49 pm • Updated: Nov 13, 2017, 8:01 am By Monte Whaley, The Denver Post State education officials are compiling a list of ideas on how best to spend $10 million in marijuana tax proceeds aimed at reversing Colorado’s teacher shortages.

The $10 million was earmarked to take on the problems of hiring and retaining teachers in Colorado by Gov. John Hickenlooper in his proposed 2018-19 budget released earlier this month.

A report requested by lawmakers will be released in December and is expected to include a plan for strategies that will help attract and retain more teachers. As many as 3,000 teaching jobs across Colorado are unfilled and rural areas are being hit especially hard, state officials say.

Some teaching posts in math, science and foreign languages have been empty for years.

We anticipate a significant focus on the challenges rural communities face in attracting, retaining and developing the qualified teachers needed to support positive student outcomes,” the budget proposal states.

The Colorado Department of Education is working with the governor’s staff on specific ideas for the potential funding, said education department spokeswoman Gladis Gee.

Many of those ideas came from a series of public hearings held throughout Colorado this summer hosted by the education department and the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Gee said. Town halls were held in Ridgway, Parachute, Leadville, Otis, Limon, Ignacio, Las Animas, Colorado Springs and Denver.

$10 million in Colorado cannabis taxes targeted to address teacher shortage

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