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HB 430 – Grow Your Own Educator Program

House Bill 430 would set up a statewide program that is what it sounds like: we will train students in our schools to become our future teachers.

According to the Center for American Progress, more than one-third fewer students enrolled in teacher preparation programs in 2018 than in 2010. And those numbers have most assuredly have increased during the Pandemic.

Over the next 10 years, student enrollment at public schools in Delaware is expected to increase by 7.8%, while teacher workforce is projected to grow by 6% in the same time period, according to the Department of Education. Meanwhile, a quarter of the state’s 9,955 public school teachers and 3,100-plus paraprofessionals – as well as 41% of 534 public school leaders – will be eligible to retire in the next five years.

House Bill 430 creates a statewide Grow Your Own Educator Program to improve recruitment, retention, and diversity of educators in Delaware public schools. The Program establishes a competitive grant process to be administered by the Department of Education.

Any Delaware reorganized school district or charter school can apply for a grant to establish its own unique Grow your Own Educator Program. Subject to funding grants will be awarded on a 2-year basis.

Applicants must provide a detailed explanation how their proposed Program will be run, including any partnerships with institutions of higher education and whether the Program anticipates providing last dollar tuition and related educational financial assistance to candidates accepted into their Program who commit to teaching a minimum of 3 years, upon licensure, in the Applicant’s school district or charter school.

Any awarded grant money must be used to initiate and run the Program. In evaluating applications that meet the Department’s criteria, if funding is limited, the Department will give additional weight to Applicants that prioritize recruiting candidates from high-need schools, placing teacher candidates in high-need schools, develop programs that support teacher professionals, including bilingual candidates and those without bachelor’s degrees, and leverage apprenticeship and year-long teacher residency models.

The Department will annually provide Program data to the Senate and House Education Committees including the number of grant applications, the number of grants awarded, names of districts and charter schools receiving grants, and retention rate for educator candidates hired by the district or charter school.

House Bill 430 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
K.Williams, S.Moore, Bush, Heffernan, Morrison, Osienski, M.Smith, Briggs King
Sturgeon, Lockman, Hansen, Sokola, Walsh
Current Status: House Education 5/17/22

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