2015 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Floor Approved)

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Teacher Residency Programs

Item 135 #1s

Item 135 #1s

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY2015 $0 FY2016 $1,000,000 GF

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"W.  Out of this appropriation, $1,000,000 the second year from the general fund is provided (i) for planning grants for two teacher residency partnerships between a university teacher preparation program and one or more school divisions to help improve teacher training for hard-to-staff schools, and (ii) to help expand and enhance the existing Richmond Teacher Residency program, including to maintain adequate stipends in the program to continue to attract qualified candidates.  Applications must be submitted to the Department of Education by August 1, 2015."

(This amendment provides funding for planning grants to expand the teacher residency partnership model between Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Education and Richmond City Schools to other Virginia universities' education schools and hard-to-staff urban school divisions, and to expand and enhance the existing program. The Richmond Teacher Residency program, in existence since 2010, is an intensive, school-based teacher preparation training program. The program helps 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.)