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  • Lt. Governor, legislators propose making early teacher hiring program permanent

  • Lieutenant Gov. Matt Denn and state legislators have proposed to make early teacher hiring program permanent.
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  • Lieutenant Gov. Matt Denn and state legislators have proposed to make early teacher hiring program permanent.
    House Bill 259 will make permanent the pilot program originally created in 2011, which required the state’s department of education to estimate each school district’s enrollment for the following school year in May, and guarantee state funds to each district sufficient to cover 98 percent of the state’s share of hiring the teachers justified by that enrollment estimate.
    State representative Darryl Scott, prime sponsor of House Bill 259 and one of the original sponsors of the 2011 pilot program, said, “Our goal is to hire the very best teachers and have them prepared to start the first day of school. Early unit counts have proven to be an effective tool for our school districts in accomplishing this goal and removing the sunset provision keeps this tool available to our school districts."
    To view the report: ipa.udel.edu/publications/teacher_supply13.pdf.

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