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Quality Teacher Recruitment Grant Program
Section 22-94-101, C.R.S. (Senate Bill 13-260), created the Quality Teacher Recruitment Program. The program authorizes CDE to award grants to organizations collaborating with school districts or boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES) to recruit, select, train, and retain highly qualified teachers in areas that have had historic difficulty in attracting and keeping quality teachers. The program also includes funding for CDE to contract with a third-party evaluator to track and review the program’s outcomes.
Eligible applicants are required to have a documented history of recruiting, training, and retaining highly qualified teachers in areas of Colorado and other states that have had historic difficulty in attracting teachers and must demonstrate that the teachers it has placed achieved high academic growth from their students. Applicants are also required to obtain 100% matching funds from private or corporate donors.
Grant funds for the 2020-21 school year were rescinded by the legislature. Funds to continue the work being done by current grantees has been made available through the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund. Grantees have been notified directly of this opportunity.