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Teacher shortage a focus during legislative session

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With teacher shortages all across the country, it's become a top priority for lawmakers in Colorado. 

For rural school districts, the challenge is only growing and getting more severe. 

Additionally, some school districts near mountain resorts also face difficulties when it comes to finding teachers who can live and work in those communities. 

Which is why a series of bills going through the legislature this session are working to address the teacher shortage.

One of those bills would offer an incentive for student-teachers going to school districts in rural communities with a teacher shortage. 

The incentive is a $10,000 stipend for student-teachers, however if they don't take a job in the district- the student is then required to pay the money back. 

The money would come from the state Department of Higher Education and the school district employing the student. 

This would be considered a tax-exempt financial aid award for students. 

The bill would benefit student-teachers in the mountains especially, where the cost of living is generally higher than most places in the state. 

If you'd like to see the bill in its entirety, click here. 

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