$10 million in Colorado cannabis taxes targeted to address teacher shortage

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The Colorado Department of Education is working with the governor’s staff on specific ideas for the potential funding, said education department spokeswoman Gladis Gee. Many of those ideas came from a series of public hearings held throughout Colorado this summer hosted by the education department and the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Gee said. State sales tax revenue collected on medical and retail marijuana sales is paid to the fund, along with 85 percent of special sales tax revenue and any excise tax revenue that exceeds $40 million each year. The $10 million was earmarked to take on the problems of hiring and retaining teachers in Colorado by Gov. State education officials are compiling a list of ideas on how best to spend $10 million in marijuana tax proceeds aimed at reversing Colorado’s teacher shortages.

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State education officials are compiling a list of ideas on how best to spend $10 million in marijuana tax proceeds aimed at reversing Colorado’s teacher shortages.

The $10 million was earmarked to take on the problems of hiring and retaining teachers in Colorado by Gov. John Hickenlooper in his proposed 2018-19 budget released earlier this month.

A report requested by lawmakers will be released in December and is expected to include a plan for strategies that will help attract and retain more teachers. As many as 3,000 teaching jobs across Colorado are unfilled and rural areas are being hit especially hard, state officials say.

Some teaching posts in math, science and foreign languages have been empty for years.

We anticipate a significant focus on the challenges rural communities face in attracting, retaining and developing the qualified teachers needed to support positive student outcomes,” the budget proposal states.

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