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Senate Bill 10-191

Great Teacher and Leaders: Ensuring Quality Instruction through Educator Effectiveness Sponsors: Sen. Johnston & Sen. Spence and Rep. Scanlan & Rep. Murray
What the Great Teachers and Leaders Bill Does: 1) Revises the Colorado Statutes to ensure that: • Every principal is evaluated by fair and valid methods, at least two-thirds of which are determined by the academic growth of students and the demonstrated effectiveness or increase in effectiveness of their teachers. • Schools can hire non-probationary teachers by mutual consent. This allows teachers multiple opportunities to earn a position based on the merits, and allows districts to place teachers on unpaid leave if they don’t earn a position over the course of 2 years. • A teacher can earn tenure based on demonstrating three consecutive years of effectiveness; tenured teachers earning consecutive years of ineffective rating will return to probationary status rather than being dismissed. 2) Strengthens the Governor’s Council on Educator Effectiveness by ensuring that the Council’s recommendations address the following key issues: • The council will determine how to use fair, transparent, timely, and valid methods to define and measure teacher effectiveness, where at least 50% of the evaluation is determined by the academic growth of their students. • Four members of the council are teachers and all recommendations from the council must be made by consensus, ensuring that any evaluation system the council recommends will be approved by teachers. • Making sure highly effective teachers and principals have access to career ladders that will provide them additional pay and additional responsibility for sharing effective practices with other educators statewide. • Ensures that all teachers will have a meaningful opportunity to improve their effectiveness. • Requires the Council to make recommendations on these issues by December 2010. • Requires the State Board to promulgate rules based on the Council’s recommendations by March 31, 2011. This bill does NOT change or remove any due process rights for teachers.

Why this Bill is Important:
• Research shows that an effective teacher and an effective principal are the two most important variables in improving student achievement: the only way to close the achievement gap and transform public education is through recruiting, developing and retaining great teachers and great leaders Colorado fell short in round 1 of Race to the Top. This bill will help Colorado regain its place as a national leader on education policy and make Colorado eligible for hundreds of millions of dollars in competitive federal grants like Race to the Top and others. It finally incentivizes principals to do a better job of supporting teachers when their own evaluations are tied to their teachers’ success

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Helps us retain our best teachers and principals by offering them challenging new career ladders that offer them more pay and more responsibility to support their fellow educators in improving their practice. Prevents young and promising teachers from being dismissed because their performance has not yet earned them tenure, and prevents principals from prematurely granting tenure to teachers who have not demonstrated high levels of effectiveness Prevents a teacher from being forced into a school where he/she does not want to teach and prevents principals and leadership teams from taking a teacher they don’t think is the right fit for their program

Supporters of SB 10-191 include:

A+ Denver • Club 20 • Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce • BizCARES • Project VOYCE Urban League of Metropolitan Denver • Foundation for Educational Excellence • Stand for Children Colorado Children’s Campaign • Colorado Competitive Council • Metro Organization for People Colorado Succeeds • Democrats for Education Reform – Colorado • Action 22 • Every Child Matters Padres Unidos • Colorado Common Good • Education Reform Now • Tennyson Center for Children Colorado Concern • Metropolitan State College of Denver • Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce Northeast Denver Principals Leadership Council • Seeking Common Ground • Urban Peak

Bruce Benson, University of Colorado Steve Farber, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Dennis Mullen, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Mario Carrera, Entravision Communications Greg Anton, Anton Collins Mitchell Tim Brown, SIGNLanguage Gary Meggison, The Weitz Company Mark Campbell, Southwestern Investment Group Rob Cohen, The IMA Financial Group R. Stanton Dodge, DISH Network John Freyer, Land Title Guarantee Company

Neal Groff, The Madison Group Jay Kamlet, Kamlet Reichert James Kleckner, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Pat Hamill, Oakwood Homes Dick Robinson, Robinson Dairy Dan Ritchie, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Walter Isenberg, Sage Hospitality A. Barry Hirschfeld, A.B. Hirschfeld Roger Hutson, HRM Resources Ken Ross, Pinnacol Assurance Bill Hybl, Broadmoor Hotel

Beth Soberg, United HealthCare Dr. Steve Jordan, Metro State College of Denver Buz Koelbel Jr., Koelbel and Company Don Kortz, Fuller Real Estate Linda Childears, Daniels Fund

David McReynolds, Columbine Health Plan Kay Norton, University of Northern Colorado David Palmer, Greenberg Traurig Ray Pittman, Pittman Development K.C. Veio, Alvarado Kline Veio

The Honorable Federico Peña • Sam Gary • Francisco Garcia • Cathey Finlon • Kristin Richardson Brooke Brown • Rich Rainaldi & Martha Records • Ron Williams • Linda Shoemaker • Michael Brewer

Questions - Contact Moira Cullen at 303-868-8452, Lindsay Neil at 303-725-3677, or Erin Silver at 303-921-2402