Teacher Recruitment and Retention Programs

RESOLUTION 15-05.50

Teacher Recruitment and Retention Programs

WHEREAS, according to the California Teachers Association, nearly one third of current teachers are nearing retirement and the state will need an additional 100,000 teachers in the next ten years, and without world-class teachers who are fully prepared and motivated, the success of our students will not reach their full potential; and

WHEREAS, most California teacher credentialing programs are separate from undergraduate work, and are therefore an additional financial burden to be added to the already increasing costs of a college education as the average cost per year for a credentialing program at a private university ranges from $20,000 to over $40,000 and about $10,000 at a California State University (CSU); and

WHEREAS, in the past, the California Legislature approved of programs to help defer, reduce and forgive the cost of teacher credentialing thereby encouraging prospective teachers, especially in high-need areas such as low-income public schools, special education, and secondary math and science;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party urges restoration and reallocation of funds into teacher recruitment and retention programs which help defray the cost of credentialing; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party shall communicate this support to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the Members of the California Student Aid Commission.

Sponsored by Elizabeth Escalante & 4 DSCC members

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its Summer/Fall 2015 E-board Meeting
Hyatt Regency
August 16, 2015

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