2015 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Conference Report)

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Teacher Residency Programs

Item 135 #1c

Item 135 #1c

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY2015 $0 FY2016 $500,000 GF

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"W.  Out of this appropriation, $500,000 the second year from the general fund is provided for grants for two teacher residency partnerships between one or two university teacher preparation programs and the Petersburg and Norfolk school divisions to help improve new teacher training and retention for hard-to-staff schools.  The grants will support a site-specific residency model program for preparation, planning, development and implementation, including possible stipends in the program to attract qualified candidates and mentors.  Applications must be submitted to the Department of Education by August 1, 2015."

(This amendment provides $500,000 the second year from the general fund for grants to eligible Virginia universities' education schools and Petersburg and Norfolk school divisions to begin a Teacher Residency program. These two new programs will be modeled after the one currently in place between VCU and Richmond City school division, which has been in existence since 2010, and is an intensive, school-based teacher preparation training program. The program is designed to help address the unique challenges of teaching in an urban environment. JLARC, in its June 2014 study of Low Performing Schools in Urban High Poverty Communities,recommended expanding the teacher residency program model to additional school divisions, such as Petersburg and Norfolk.)