Colorado Legislative Council Staff



Drafting Number:

Prime Sponsor(s):

LLS 99-0465

Rep. Clapp



Bill Status:

Fiscal Analyst:

January 26, 1999

House Education

Janis Baron (303-866-3523)



Fiscal Impact Summary

FY 1999/2000

FY 2000/2001

State Revenues

General Fund



State Expenditures

General Fund



FTE Position Change

0.0 FTE

0.0 FTE

Other State Impact: None

Effective Date: Upon Signature of the Governor

Appropriation Summary for FY 1999-2000: None Required

Local Government Impact: Possible reduction in hearing costs for school districts.

Summary of Legislation

            The bill includes the following provisions regarding the employment of teachers:


               for any teacher having probationary status as of July 1, 1999, and whose contract is renewed and any teacher initially hired on or after July 1, 1999, the school district is required to hire said teacher pursuant to a one-year written employment contract that may be nonrenewed for any cause;

               authorizes school districts to provide multi-year employment contracts (subject to annual review and nonrenewal);

               specifies procedures for nonrenewal of an employment contract;

               allows a teacher whose contract is nonrenewed to request reasons for nonrenewal; and

               allows a school district to make nonrenewal of an employment contract a grievable action.

State Revenues and Expenditures

            This bill will not impact workload in the Department of Education.

School Districts Impact

            For the state's school districts, the Department of Education indicates the bill may reduce the number of hearings districts conduct relative to teacher employment. To the extent that hearings are reduced, the bill may result in savings on hearings costs. Because these costs cannot be quantified at this time, the bill is assessed as having a local conditional fiscal impact.

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