Colorado educators spent months crafting legislation

By Nicholas Garcia

CHALKBEAT

Teachers show up at the statehouse all the time while Colorado lawmakers are debating education policy. Rarely do they have a piece of legislation they crafted themselves in hand.

Elaine Menardi, education program coordinator for Wings Aerospace Academy in Denver, and Jess Buller, principal of West Grand Elementary and Middle School in Kremmling, are changing that.

The two educators helped develop this year’s House Bill 1201.

The bill creates a special high school diploma that shows colleges and employers that graduates are proficient in a blend of coursework that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. The legislation is the byproduct of a year-long policy fellowship run by the national education reform nonprofit America Achieves.

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