STATEWIDE (KKCO/KJCT)-- State educators are working to find ways to fix the teacher shortage in Colorado.
About 3,000 teachers need to be hired in Colorado, and about 54 of those positions are in Mesa County, according to a recent report.
In May, Governor Hickenlooper signed legislation the required state education officials to develop an action plan that will outline the steps to resolve the teacher shortage.
In response, education officials are organizing town halls throughout Colorado during the summer. They're part of an extended outreach that will meet with groups to develop an action plan. Recommendations will be developed from that plan.
At least 10 town halls have been scheduled.
The next one is Friday, June 23, at Grand Valley High School in Parachute from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
It's an opportunity for people to share ideas about how to recruit and retain teachers.
Meetings and conference calls with education leaders will also be ongoing.
We're told feedback and participation from interested individuals and groups is an essential component of the process and final action plan.