2015 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Norment
Co-Patron(s): Dance
Teacher Residency Programs (JLARC Recommendation)

Item 135 #10s

Item 135 #10s

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 for planning grants for 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.  Applications must be submitted to the Department of Education by August 1, 2015."

(This amendment provides funding for planning grants to expand the highly successful teacher residency partnership between Virginia Commonwealth's School of Education and Richmond City Schools to other university's education schools and hard-to-staff urban school division. The Richmond Teacher Residency program, in existence since 2010, is an intensive, school-based teacher preparation training program. Students admitted into the highly competitive program commit to a full residency year and a minimum of three years of teaching in the participating local school division. During the residency year, the students are paired with a Clinical Resident Coach. 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. The Richmond program was developed with approximately $480,000 in planning funds, primarily to compensate university faculty for their participation in the planning process.)