2021 Session

Budget Amendments - SB1100 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Dunnavant
VDOE - Strategic Plan for Special Education Teacher Recruitment (language only)

Item 142 #3s

Item 142 #3s

Department of Education, Central Office Operations


Page 144, after line 28, insert:

"G. The Department of Education shall develop and maintain a statewide strategic plan for recruiting and retaining special education teachers. At a minimum, the strategic plan shall (i) use data analyses to determine divisions' specific staffing needs on an ongoing basis; (ii) evaluate the potential effectiveness of strategies for addressing recruitment and retention challenges, including tuition assistance, differentiated pay for special education teachers, and the expansion of special education teacher mentorships; and (iii) estimate the costs of implementing each strategy, including the extent to which federal funds could be used to support implementation. The Department shall submit its plan to the Chairs of the House Education Committee and the Senate Education and Health Committee no later than November 1, 2021, and update those committees annually on its progress implementing the plan."


(This amendment implements recommendation 19 from the the JLARC report on "K-12 Special Education in Virginia".)