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Teaching Quality--Recruitment and Retention--At-Risk Schools


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State Status/Date Level Summary
ILSigned into law 08/2014P-12Grow Your Own Teacher Education Initiative
H.B. 3948
Amends purpose of the Grow Your Own Teacher Education Initiative. Removes provision stating the initiative's goal of adding 1,000 teachers to low-income, hard-to-staff schools by 2016. Amends characteristics the consortium must take into consideration when sel...

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FLSigned into law 05/2014P-12Assignment of New Hire to Low-Performing School
H.B. 433 - Assignment of New Hire to Low-Performing School
Section 2: Authorizes a district to assign a newly hired teacher to a school that has earned failing grades if the individual has either (1) received an "effective" or "highly effective" rating in the prior school year; (2) has successfully completed or is enr...

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INSigned into law 03/2014P-12Teacher Issues
H.B. 1319
Adds "school counselor" to the definition of a teacher. Changes the date, from August 15 to 14 days before the first day a teacher is required to report for duty, after which a contract entered into between a school corporation (district) and a teacher is void...

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ILSigned into law 08/2013P-12Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program
S.B. 1791
From bill summary: Finalizes consolidation of the Future Teacher Corps Scholarship Program and the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program. Directs the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to administer the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program, to be ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12
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Math and Science Scholars Loan Repayment Program
S.B. 1720
Creates the Math and Science Scholars Loan Repayment Program for teachers who agree to teach mathematics or science in school districts receiving Title I funding. Establishes eligibility requirements, and defines eligible loans and procedures for payment of as...

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COSigned into law 05/2013P-12Quality Teacher Recruitment Program
S.B. 260 - Quality Teacher Recruitment Program
From fiscal note: Requires the department of education to contract with not more than two vendors that meet certain specified criteria to create a quality teacher recruitment program, to assist in recruiting, training, and retaining highly qualified teachers f...

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MSSigned into law 04/2013P-12
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Teacher Education Scholars Program For Candidates and Upon In-State Employment
S.B. 2658 - Section 3
S.B.13-2658 (Section 3) of the Act known as the "Mississippi Education Works Program" creates the Teacher Education Scholars Program, administered by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Education, to provide annual scholarships not to exceed ...

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DCSigned into law 07/2012P-12Recruiting Effective Teachers to High-need Schools, Title, III
Bill 19-648
Establishes a pilot incentive program to encourage highly effective teachers to teach in four high-need (low performing and low income) schools for the start of the 2013-2014 school year. The incentives include: a one-time bonus of $10,000; homebuyer and other...

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COSigned into law 06/2012P-12Effective Educators Low-performing Schools
H.B. 1261
Extends stipends for teachers who are nationally board certified to principals who meet standards for principal certification. Allows nationally board certified teachers and principals to receive additional stipends if they are employed in a low-performing, hi...

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TXAdopted 05/2012P-12Teach for Texas Loan Repayment Assistance Program
19 TAC 21.173, 174, 176
Amends the Teach for Texas Loan Repayment Assistance Program. From Texas Register:
--21.173: Reverses the order of two priorities of application acceptance. Currently, the rule lists financial need as second among the three established priorities. The amendme...

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CTSigned into law 05/2012P-12Teacher Recuritment to Low-Achieving Schools
S.B. 458
(Sec. 10) Requires SDE, to establish a Municipal Aid for New Teachers (MANE) program, within available appropriations, to provide grants of up to $ 200,000 to each of the educational reform districts (low-achieving districts) annually for the purpose of hiring...

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AZSigned into law 04/2012P-12Teacher/Principal Evaluations
H.B. 2823
Requires the State Board to adopt four state performance classifications (highly effective, effective, developing, ineffective) and guidelines for school districts and charter schools for the teacher and principal evaluation instrument by December 1, 2012. Per...

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ARAdopted 03/2012P-12Incentives for Teacher Recruitment and Retention in High Priority Districts
AR ADC 005.16.15-1.00 to AR ADC 005.16.15-6.00
Establish procedures to provide incentives for teacher recruitment and retention in high priority districts with an average daily membership of 1,000 or fewer. Provides that, at the end of the school year and upon completion of a teacher's contractual teaching...

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UTSigned into law 03/2012P-12Repealing Scholarships for Teachers in Necessarily Existent Small Schools or Small School Districts
H.B. 156 - Repealing Scholarships for Teachers in Necessarily Existent Small Schools or Small School Districts
Repeals 53A-6-701 and -702, provisions that permitted the state board to award scholarships to teachers in "necessarily existent small schools or small school districts" to defray teacher costs related to earning an endorsement or master's degree. As a conditi...

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OHSigned into law 06/2011Postsec.Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program
H.B. 153 - Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program
Existing policy directs the chancellor of the board of regents to encourage state universities and colleges to submit proposals under the choose Ohio first scholarship program for initiatives that recruit Ohio residents enrolled in colleges and universities in...

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NYEmergency Rule Adoption 05/2010P-12Establishment of Clinically Rich Graduate Level Teacher Preparation Program
Title 8 NYCRR Sections 52.1, 52.21 and 80-5.13
From the administrative register:
It is anticipated that the proposed amendment will be presented to the board of regents for adoption as a permanent rule at its July 20, 2010 meeting.

Educational leaders have advised the state education department that the...

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CTSigned into law 05/2010P-12Rehiring of Retired Teachers
S.B. 438 - Sec. 8
Allows retired teachers to be rehired for up to one year in a shortage area or priority school district for up to 45% of the current maximum salary. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2010/ACT/PA/2010PA-00111-R00SB-00438-PA.htm...

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MDSigned into law 04/2010P-12Recruitment of Highly Effective Teachers and Principals
H.B. 1263 - Teacher/Principal Recruitment in High Need Schools
This section requires the state board of education to establish a program to support locally negotiated incentives for highly effective classroom teachers and principals to work in public schools that are 1) in improvement, corrective action, or restructuring;...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12
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Consolidation of Teacher Recruitment Programs
H.B. 3999
Consolidates the "Future Teacher Corps Program" and the Golden Apple Foundation for Excellence in Teaching's "Golden Apple Scholars Program". Provides that the consolidated program will be known as the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program, and will be man...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12Grow Your Own Teacher Act
H.B. 4117
Provides that for purposes of the Grow Your Own Teacher Act to prepare highly skilled, committed teachers to teach in hard-to-staff schools, "hard-to-staff schools" includes schools in the Department of Juvenile Justice School District. http://www.ilga.gov/leg...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12Grow Your Own Teacher Program
H.B. 392
Amends the Grow Your Own Teacher Education Act. Eliminates provision that a goal of the program is to achieve an average teacher retention period of 7 years. Defines "cohort". Amends definition of "hard-to-staff school". Adds bilingual education as a hard to s...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Center for Creativity and Innovation
H.B. 1 - Section 3301.82
**No funds allocated in the current budget for this center, according to the DOE's H.B. 1 summary document http://www.education.ohio.gov/GD/DocumentManagement/DocumentDownload.aspx?DocumentID=71635**

Authorizes the state superintendent to create the center f...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Teach Ohio Program, Teaching Fellows Program
H.B. 1 - Section 3333.39, 3333.391 and 3333.392
Section 3333.39: Directs the chancellor of the board of regents and the state superintendent to establish and administer the teach Ohio program to encourage residents to consider teaching as a career. Requires that the program include all of the following:
(1...

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GASigned into law 04/2009P-12Salary Increases for National Board-Certified Teachers
H.B. 243
Eliminates provision that a teacher must be granted two days of approved paid leave to prepare the portfolio of student work required for national certification. Replaces with provision that effective July 2009, only a teacher teaching full-time in a high-need...

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DESigned into law 04/2009Postsec.
Community College
Teach For America
H.B. 102
Enables the implementation of the Teach For America program and teacher residency programs on a state- wide basis by modifying the entry requirements for the Teach For America program and training requirements for Teach For America corps members.
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CASigned into law 09/2008P-12
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loan forgiveness
S.B. 1158
Expands educational loan assumption program eligibility to include an applicant who agrees to teach on a part- time basis for a specified number of academic years in a public school and a credentialed teacher who is teaching at a public schooled ranked among t...

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ILSigned into law 08/2008Postsec.
Community College
Illinois Future Teacher Corps Program
H.B. 1334
Requires the commission of higher education to allocate a minimum of 200 Illinois Future Teacher Corps Program scholarship awards each year to participants in the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program. Provides that this allocation is to support mentoring,...

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NYVetoed 08/2007P-12Retired Police Personnel As New York Teachers
S.B. 3994
Allows retired members of the New York city police pension fund to collect their pensions while providing teaching service in the city of New York; provides such member must waive the right to earn a pension or pension credits during the term of subsequent pub...

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ILSigned into law 08/2007P-12Teacher Homebuyer Assistance Act
S.B. 1224
Creates the Teacher Homebuyer Assistance Act. Subject to appropriation, requires the Illinois Housing Development Authority to establish and administer a program to provide down-payment assistance to public school teachers who teach in hard-to-staff schools or...

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ILSigned into law 08/2007P-12Grow Your Own Teacher Education Act
S.B. 446
Amends the Grow Your Own Teacher Education Act regarding the definition of hard-to-staff school. Changes the term "target schools" to "eligible schools". Provides that in any fiscal year in which an appropriation for the Grow Your Own Teacher Education Initiat...

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NCSigned into law 07/2007P-12High Needs Schools
S.B. 1479
Allows National Board Certified Teachers who serve as mentors, literacy coaches, or in other instructional leadership positions at high needs schools to retain the salary increment for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. Allows Na...

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HIBecame law without governor's signature 07/2007P-12Hawaii Educator Loan Program
H.B. 777
Amends eligibility requirements for the Hawaii educator loan program. Adds that loans will be awarded to teaching candidates as well as existing teachers who agree to teach as a full-time teacher for a period of time to be determined by the University prior to...

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LASigned into law 07/2007P-12Tax Credit for Teachers Returning to Katrina-Struck Districts
H.B. 847
Provides for a $1,000 individual income tax credit in 2007 and 2008 for teachers re-employed by a school board in certain parishes which have been impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Provides that, in order to qualify for the deduction, the public school classroom ...

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HISigned into law 06/2007P-12Additional Bonuses for National Board-Certified Teachers
H.B. 24
Provides an additional $5,000 bonus per year for each national board-certified teacher who teaches at:
(A) A school that is in restructuring under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB);
(B) A school with a high turnover rate, as determined by...

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OKSigned into law 06/2007P-12Amends Education Leadership Oklahoma Program
S.B. 586
Relates to the Education Leadership Oklahoma program; requires the Commission for Teacher Preparation to emphasize recruiting efforts toward teachers at high-poverty schools, low-achieving schools and in counties with the lowest percentage of teachers who hav...

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NVSigned into law 06/2007P-12District Budget Reporting, Grant Fund for Licensed Education Personnel
A.B. 1A
Revises provisions governing the inclusion of certain information in the biennial budget request for the state distributive school account for submission to the department of administration based upon the annual budgets submitted by the school districts. Creat...

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MTSigned into law 05/2007P-12Quality Educator Loan Assistance Program
S.B. 2A (Teacher Recruitment)
Creates a quality educator loan assistance program administered by the board of regents through the office of the commissioner of higher education. The program must provide for the direct repayment of educational loans of eligible quality educators in accordan...

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NYSigned into law 04/2007P-12Contract for Excellence
S.B. 2107 - Part A, Section 12
Requires every district with at least one school currently identified as requiring academic progress or in need of improvement or in corrective action or restructuring status to prepare a contract for excellence if the district receives an increase in total fo...

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NYSigned into law 04/2007P-12Science and Mathematics Tuition Reimbursement Program
S.B. 2107 - Part B, Section 36
Creates science and mathematics tuition reimbursement program. Provides that of the amount appropriated for grants to schools for the 2007-2008 school year and thereafter, $5 million must be made available for a science and mathematics tuition reimbursement pr...

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IDSigned into law 04/2007P-12Potential Study on the Challenges of Rural Schools
S.B. 1236 (Section 7)
Authorizes the Superintendent of Public Instruction to expend $100,000 of a state appropriation to conduct a study and develop plans that address the challenges of rural schools including, but not limited to, the issues of declining enrollment, inefficiencies ...

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ILAdopted 02/2007P-12"Grow Your Own" Teacher Education Initiative
23 IAC 60.20, .80, .90, .100
Clarifies rules regarding the "Grow Your Own" program. Amends definitions of "hard-to-staff school" and "hard-to-staff teaching position" to make it clear that only schools serving a substantial percentage of low-income students, and positions in such schools,...

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GAAdopted 01/2007P-12Title IIA Program Grant
GAC 160-1-4-.273
Establishes rules regarding the Title IIA Program Grant, which distributes funds for schools with a proven spending record of Title IIA funds to develop and support specific programs to improve teaching quality, the number of highly qualified teachers and equi...

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AZSigned into law 06/2006P-12
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Alternative Teacher Certification & Low-income Schools
S.B. 1184
Relates to the alternative teacher development program for placing highly qualified teachers into low income schools; provides for a matching grant to a nonprofit providing alternative teacher recruitment and placing; relates to public schools; requires demogr...

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IASigned into law 06/2006P-12Merit-Based Teacher Pay
H.B. 2792 - Section 24 - 27
Rewrites section 284.11 (former "Pilot program for team-based variable pay for student achievement"). New section 284.11 encourages school districts to establish teacher compensation opportunities that recognize the need for geographic or other locally determ...

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VTSigned into law 05/2006P-12Teaching Shortages and Licensure/Revocation
H.B. 677
Directs the commissioner of education to annually convene a meeting of directors of Vermont educator preparation programs and representatives of school boards, superintendents, principals, educators, and the Vermont standards board to determine subject and geo...

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MOSigned into law 05/2006P-12
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Community College
Urban Flight and Rural Needs Scholarship Program
S.B. 980
Creates the Urban Flight and Rural Needs Scholarship Program for scholarships for students entering teacher education programs who commit to teaching at certain high-risk population schools. Defines eligibility and amount of scholarship.
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FLSigned into law 05/2006P-12Teaching Quality Assignment Disparities
H.B. 7087 (Section 57)
The Legislature finds disparities between teachers assigned to teach in a majority of "A" graded schools and teachers assigned to teach in a majority of "F" graded schools. The disparities can be found in the average years of experience, the median salary, and...

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MDSigned into law 04/2006P-12Teacher Induction Program
S.B. 238
Establishes a comprehensive induction program in the State Department of Education for new teachers employed by hard-to-staff schools; requires that the comprehensive induction program include mentoring, professional development training and support, and forma...

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INSigned into law 03/2006P-12
S.B. 172
Allows the governing body of a school corporation or an accredited nonpublic school to hire an individual who is in the process of obtaining a teacher's license under the transition to teaching program, if the individual is obtaining a license in a subject are...

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ILAdopted 01/2006P-12
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The "Grow Your Own" Teacher Education Initiative
23 IAC 60.10 thru 100
Establishes rules to implement the Grow Our Own Teacher Education Act. Allows consortia of at least one postsecondary institution, at least one school district or group of schools and at least one community organization to apply for a grant provided the appli...

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AZSigned into law 04/2005P-12State Retirement System
H.B. 2472
Relates to the State Retirement System. Authorizes use of public monies in the purchase of any annuity or deferred compensation payments for:
1. the recruitment and retention of selected employees;
2. as a benefit to encourage selected teachers to te...

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ILSigned into law 07/2004P-12Grow Our Own Teacher Education Act
S.B. 1550
Creates the Grow Our Own Teacher Education Act. Establishes the Grow Our Own Teacher Education Initiative to prepare highly skilled, committed teachers who will teach in hard-to-staff schools and hard-to-staff positions and who will remain in these schools for...

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ARSigned into law 01/2004P-12Teacher Housing Fund
H.B. 1060
Relates to the state teacher housing development act; provides for teachers who have demonstrated ability to successfully teach children in a high- priority school district who meet certain criteria; provides housing incentives to encourage high- performance t...

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ALSigned into law 06/2003P-12State Board of Education
S.B. 7
Directs the State Board of Education to create a program for payments to teachers who agree to teach in underserved areas or subject matter areas where teacher shortages exist; relates to scholarships to students who agree to be certified in subject matter are...

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MESigned into law 06/2001P-12
H.B. 1345
Resolve No. 48., (LD 1802) Provides for legislative review of a chapter of law regarding targeted need certificates, a major substantive rule of the Department of Education....

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MSSigned into law 05/2001P-12Housing Loan Program for Teachers in Shortage Areas
S.B. 2181
Deletes the automatic repealer on the State Employer Assisted Housing Loan Program for teachers in critical teacher shortage areas....

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CASigned into law 06/2000P-12Recruitment
S.B. 1666
Public school teachers who become National Board Certified are eligible for a one-time incentive award of $10,000. To be eligible for this award, a teacher must be teaching K-12 public school students at least 60% time when the award is granted. National Board...

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