Bill Ritter today returned to his high school alma mater, Gateway High School in , to sign five education bills into law. Aurora
"These bills will improve education statewide for
Colorado students, Colorado teachers and Colorado principals," said Gov. Ritter, a member of 's first graduating class in 1974. "Together, these pieces of legislation provide pragmatic solutions to challenging problems. They are student-centered and they focus on improving student achievement for all students, regardless of their station in life or their personal circumstances." Gateway High School
House Bill 1204 (Peniston/Williams) creates a new board and state division to oversee instructional and administrative services for students in day-treatment centers, residential child-care facilities and hospitals.
HB 1223 (Merrifield/Williams) allows the Departments of Education and Higher Education to create technical assistance programs to help teachers intervene early with children who have literacy challenges such as dyslexia.
HB 1370 (Middleton/Bacon) creates a Colorado Counselor Corps that will deploy about 70 guidance counselors into targeted middle and high schools to help guide students through the complicated college application and enrollment process.
's student-to-counselor ratio currently is among the highest in the nation at more than 500:1, more than twice the recommended ratio. Colorado
HB 1384 (Todd/Bacon) creates a study of teacher working conditions and a pilot program to reward national board certified teachers.
teachers who earn certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards will be eligible for stipends of $1,600. If they teach in a "low" or "unsatisfactory" school, their stipends increase to $4,800 per year. Colorado
HB 1386 (Merrifield/Spence) creates a "
" to identify, recruit and train educators who have the potential to become gifted school leaders. Principal Leadership Academy