VDOE allocating $12 million for teacher recruitment and retention efforts for southwest and central Virginia schools


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RICHMOND (WFXR) — School districts across the Commonwealth and including in parts of southwest and central Virginia will benefit from $12 million that will be allocated to a variety of programs as part of the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) ongoing teacher recruitment and retention efforts.

Some of the money — $2 million — will be used to encourage and assist aspiring educators and other school staff to earn their teaching license.

“It is our hope that this grant opportunity will not only lead to an increase in the number of fully licensed teachers, but will also help foster a culture of lifelong learning and a supportive community for all school employees,” Secretary of Education Frances Bradford said. “I know from my travels around the commonwealth that there are many dedicated school employees who may not have the resources to complete the coursework required to earn a teaching license. I am pleased that now — with funding from the American Rescue Plan — we are able to help provisionally licensed teachers and other school employees overcome financial barriers and achieve their dreams.”   

The following school divisions are eligible because they have relatively high percentages of provisionally licensed teachers. VDOE invited these school districts to apply for grants to cover tuition and fees for coursework and have until Jan. 10.

  • Brunswick County
  • Colonial Beach 
  • Essex County
  • Petersburg
  • Franklin City
  • Portsmouth
  • Greensville County                
  • Hampton        
  • Highland County                    
  • Hopewell        
  • Martinsville                 
  • Newport News           
  • Norfolk
  • Northampton County
  • Prince Edward County
  • Richmond City
  • Roanoke City
  • Southampton County
  • Stafford County
  • Sussex County

Funding from the College Education Support grant program will distributed by VDOE to school divisions on a reimbursement basis. The program is from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

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