Colorado Legislative Council Staff


Drafting Number:

Prime Sponsor(s):

LLS 98-350

Rep. Schauer



Bill Status:

Fiscal Analyst:

January 6, 1998

House Education

Harry Zeid (866-4753)



Summary of Assessment

            This bill would make several modifications to the definition of a “substitute teacher” within the general provisions of Article 63 of Title 22, C.R.S., regarding teacher employment, compensation, and dismissal. The changes to the definition of “substitute teacher” include:


               eliminating the current specification of working four or more hours during each regular school day;

               eliminating the current cumulative limit of working on two or more assignments for a total of less than 110 regular school days during an academic year;

               adding an explanation that a substitute teacher works as a replacement for a regular teacher on a short-term basis while the regular teacher is absent or unavailable; and

               specifically excluding a nonprobationary teacher in the district or a probationary teacher as a permanent substitute within a school district.

            The bill extends the number of days that a substitute teacher may teach during the school year. The bill, however, would not affect the revenues or expenditures of the state or of local school districts. Therefore, the bill is assessed as having no fiscal impact. The bill will become effective at 12:01 a.m. on the day following the ninety-day period after adjournment sine die of the General Assembly, or on the date of the official declaration of the vote of the people as proclaimed by the Governor, if a referendum petition is filed pursuant to Article V, Section 1 (3) of the State Constitution.

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