Sacramento County schools get part of $20 million grant to turn school employees into teachers

Jan 1, 2017 by

Local bus drivers, office workers and yard supervisors have a chance to become classroom teachers under a new state program that Sacramento area school districts and the county office of education will benefit from.

The $20 million program aims to convert 1,000 non-classroom school workers across California as districts face a severe teaching shortage. It has become so difficult to hire that some districts offer subsidized housing or signing bonuses, while others have had to rely on teachers with temporary permits or intern credentials.

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The California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program is designed for school employees who have completed at least two years of college and need help to finish their education, both undergraduate degrees and teaching credentials. In education circles, classified employees are school staff who do not teach in the classroom or who serve as administrators, counselors or nurses.

“These people know the culture, know the school politics, know the kids and know the teaching situation,” said Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento. “They know the flow of working at the school.”

McCarty pursued legislation this year to fund training for classified employees; the $20 million in funding for the new program was ultimately approved as part of the state budget.

All told, 25 county offices of education and school districts will share in the grant program. Locally, they include the Sacramento County Office of Education, as well as Elk Grove, San Juan and Davis Joint unified school districts. The county office intends to train staff from other local districts, including Folsom Cordova, Sacramento City and Twin Rivers unified, according to Sacramento County schools chief David Gordon.

Source: Sacramento County schools get part of $20 million grant to turn school employees into teachers | The Sacramento Bee

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