Governor signs Hamner bill to speed teacher licensing |

Governor signs Hamner bill to speed teacher licensing

Daily News staff report
Special to the Daily Jami Goetz, Executive Director of the Office of Professional Licensing, Rep. Hamner, Gov. Hickenlooper, and Sen. White at Wednesday's bill signing.

State Rep. Millie Hamner’s bill reducing the backlog of teacher license applications at the Department of Education was signed into law Wednesday by Governor Hickenlooper.

“This bill will help qualified teachers get back to the classroom where they belong and off of a waiting list,” said Rep. Hamner (D-Dillon).

HB 11-1201 will set new requirements for renewing an educator’s license. Under current law they are required to complete certain continuing educational activities between periods of licensure. This bill will direct teachers to complete an affidavit that affirms they completed the continuing education requirements in the appropriate way and within the appropriate time frame. It also allows the Colorado Department of Education Teacher Licensing Unit the opportunity to respond to the backlog more efficiently and effectively.

The bill was cosponsored by Senators Jeanne Nicholson (D-Black Hawk) and Jeanne White (R-Hayden) in the Senate.

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