Debating loan forgiveness for rural teachers

By Charles Ashby

THE DAILY SENTINEL

State lawmakers are still working on new ways to get more teachers into Colorado classrooms, and this week the Colorado Senate is expected to take up measures that could help do that.

One bill, SB3, would expand an existing loan forgiveness program for hard-to-fill teaching positions, one designed to help teachers get the training they need to become teachers, particularly in rural parts of the state.

The program has been in existence since 2001, but has had little to no funding. Without the bill, the program will expire July 1.

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