Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

School Board Roundup

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

School Board Roundup

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Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Staff writer

In an effort to cope with an expected teacher shortage, the Duval County School Board confirmed submission of a federal grant proposal of more than $1 million for a "transition to teaching program" at its meeting Tuesday.

According to the agenda item, the Urban Teacher Residency Program was designed as a partnership between the School Board, University of North Florida, Jacksonville University, Florida Community College at Jacksonville and the Alliance for World Class Education.

It was established to recruit professionals and recent retirees from diverse business backgrounds to teach math, science, literacy and special education at all levels. The program hires, trains and retains non-traditionally prepared teachers for the classroom.

Teacher shortages are expected nationwide as student enrollment increases, teacher attrition climbs and many districts try to reduce class size by hiring more teachers. It is estimated that over the next 10 years, Florida will need 162,000 new teachers.

The program has 75 people enrolled and will be able to increase that to 225.

Among items the School Board considered at the meeting:

BOARD MEMBERS AGENDA:

Heard a five-minute presentation on Project SOS.

GENERAL AGENDA:

Approved an agreement in which the city will buy a $16,573 tractor for Baldwin Middle-High School from the Trail Ridge Landfill Mitigation Fund.

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES AGENDA:

Approved submission of a $75,000 grant application for education of homeless children.

Approved renewal of an agreement with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice to provide educational services to students at the Duval Detention Center, Duval Halfway House and Duval Start Center.

Approved submission of a $1.2 million state grant application for vocational and technical job preparation programs. …

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