Colorado

May 12, 2010 4:30 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Colorado House passes teacher tenure bill

The House has passed a bill to change the way teachers earn and keep tenure.

The House backed the bill in a 36-29 vote Wednesday, the final day of the session. Democratic Sen. Michael Johnston says he'll ask the Senate to agree to the House version.

That would send the bill to Gov. Bill Ritter, who supports the bill. Lawmakers spent nearly five hours arguing about the bill late Tuesday but the final vote came with no comment. Former teachers serving in the House have been vocal opponents of the bill, which backers say will help Colorado's chances of winning federal education reform funding.

Democratic Rep. Nancy Todd says the bill has sent a message to teachers that education is "all up to them."

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