Colo. House debates controversial teacher bill |

Colo. House debates controversial teacher bill

DENVER – The Colorado House is debating a controversial bill to change the way teachers earn and keep tenure.

Debate began Tuesday evening after being delayed by a two-hour filibuster on another bill by Democrats opposed to the bill on tenure.

Backers say that enough Democrats will join with Republicans to pass the teacher tenure bill. It must pass an initial vote by midnight to stay alive and have a chance of final passage on Wednesday, the last day of the legislative session.

Under the bill, teachers with tenure could lose their job protections if their students don’t show academic progress for two straight years.

The state’s largest teachers’ union, a traditional supporter of Democrats, opposes the bill.

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