2018 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Floor Approved)

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VA Preschool Initiative - Teacher Qualifications Language (language only)

Item 136 #12s

Item 136 #12s

Direct Aid to Public Education


Page 137, after line 11, insert:

"To alleviate issues with teacher shortages, divisions may request, and the Department of Education shall grant, waivers on a provisional basis from the requirement that lead teachers in Virginia Preschool Initiative classrooms hold a baccalaureate degree and teacher license. Divisions allowed such waivers will ensure that the teachers with provisional certification are actively engaged in coursework and professional development, toward achieving the degree and license and/or commensurate alternative within five years."


(This amendment allows for a limited provisional waiver of current teacher qualifications for the Virginia Preschool Initiative, which require a bachelor's degree. This change may enable eligible private providers to more fully participate in the provision of VPI services. The School Readiness Committee recommended an exception for individuals who hold a relevant early childhood AA/AAS degree and for programs in which at least one lead teacher or administrative leader has an EC-related baccalaureate credential.)