National board certified teacher stipends
- concurrent enrollment stipends
- continuing education stipends
(1)The department of higher education shall annually provide financial stipends, not to exceed six thousand dollars each, to any:
(a)Teacher in a rural school or school district who is seeking certification as a national board certified teacher;
(b)Teacher in a rural school or school district who is seeking certification as a concurrent enrollment teacher and who needs additional course work or credentials to obtain such certification;
(c)Teacher completing an alternative licensure program approved by the department of education pursuant to article 60.5 of title 22 that leads to initial licensure in the state of Colorado and full-time employment as a teacher in a rural school or school district that serves rural schools;
(d)Individual seeking to complete the required course work leading to certification as a special services provider and employment in a rural school or school district that is providing services to rural schools; or
(e)Teacher who is employed by a rural school or school district or a rural board of cooperative services and is seeking an additional license endorsement or a master’s degree to meet a faculty need of the rural school, school district, or board of cooperative services.
(1.5)If in any one fiscal year, the number of stipend applications submitted pursuant to this section exceeds the total amount appropriated for that fiscal year for stipends awarded pursuant to this section, the department of higher education shall give priority for stipend awards to teachers. After all teacher applications have been funded, stipends may then be awarded to special services providers, subject to available appropriations.
(2)The stipends may be used to offset application fees, evaluation costs, tuition costs, and any additional costs associated with obtaining initial licensure or in support of a teacher’s or special services provider’s professional development plan; except that the stipends may only be used to offset costs associated with an institution of higher education or an alternative licensure program that is approved by the state board of education. A stipend awarded pursuant to this section does not constitute student financial assistance.
(3)The financial stipends awarded should, to the extent practicable, include persons with disabilities and take into consideration the geographic, racial, and ethnic diversity of the state.
(4)A teacher or a special services provider who receives a stipend pursuant to this section must commit to become or remain employed in a rural school or school district that serves rural schools in the state of Colorado for a minimum of three years.
(5)Intentionally left blank —Ed.
(a)For the 2020-21 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter, of the total amount appropriated to fund the programs described in this article 76 and the teaching fellowship programs described in part 3 of article 78 of this title 23, the department of higher education shall allocate, of the amount remaining after the teaching fellowship programs described in part 3 of article 78 of this title 23 are fully funded for the applicable fiscal year:
(I)Twenty-five percent to the stipends described in subsections (1)(a), (1)(b), and (1)(e) of this section; and
(II)Fifty percent to the stipends described in subsection (1)(c) of this section.
(b)Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (5)(a) of this section, the department may adjust the percentage allocations based on the demand for the stipends described in subsection (1) of this section and for the stipends described in section 23-76-104 and on input received from representatives of rural schools or school districts. The department may distribute any amount remaining after awarding stipends for teachers to fund the stipends described in subsection (1)(d) of this section.
Section 23-76-106 — National board certified teacher stipends - concurrent enrollment stipends - continuing education stipends,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-23.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).