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Leadership in Hard to Staff Schools
Does the state have laws or statewide programs which aim to recruit and retain principals and superintendents in "hard to staff or "in need schools"? How is are the policies implemented?
Alabama None found
Alaska None found
Arizona None found
Arkansas Yes. ARK. CODE ANN. § 6-17-1602 In addition to the yearly incentive bonus provided for successful completion of the Master School Principal Program, the department of education pays a salary bonus of $25,000 for every school year, up to five years, to any building-level principal who receives a master school principal designation from the Arkansas Leadership Academy and is employed full time as a building-level principal in an Arkansas public school district that is or was designated as a public school in phase two or phase three school improvement status, or a public school located in a school district in academic distress.
California Yes.

1)CAL.EDUC. CODE § 44511.(A)

2)Local Education Agency
1)A Crisis Management team is assigned to struggling schools to review hiring practices and staff retention practices. County superintendents are required to review schools ranked in deciles 1 to 3 as defined by the Academic Performance Index to ensure all teachers have the appropriate certificates and credentials to teach their assigned subject matter. If not, the superintendent is responsible for providing the appropriate training for these teachers.

2)This agency receives schools’ requests for funding leadership institute training programs under the AB 75 law, and determines those districts and schools that are eligible. The agency also is required to give priority to “hard-to-staff” school leaders.
Colorado None found
Connecticut None found
Delaware Yes. Critical Need Scholarships This program provides financial assistance to full-time employees of a Delaware school district or charter school who are employed on an Emergency or Limited Standard Certificate in a critical need area as defined by the Delaware Department of Education. The maximum reimbursement/term for the 2004-05 academic year is $738 for undergraduate coursework, $981 for graduate coursework. Recipients must complete courses with a 2.0 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale.
District of Columbia None found
Florida None found
Georgia Yes. GA. CODE ANN. § 20-2-214 (SB. 468 passed 4/19/06) Under the Quality Basic Education Act, this statute guarantees specific grant money for those principals considered to be “high performing” as defined by the legislation. These principals are given a salary incentive if they are willing to take the principalship at a school which is considered “in need of improvement” by the state.
Hawaii Yes. HAW. REV. STAT § 302A-703 The bill provides incentives to keep exemplary principals and vice principals at the school level; encourages exemplary principals and vice principals to accept long-term assignments in hard-to-staff schools, special-needs schools and schools with high teacher turnover; and encourages exemplary teachers to become vice principals.
Idaho None found
Illinois None found
Indiana None found
Iowa None found
Kansas None found
Louisiana None found
Maine None found
Maryland None found
Massachusetts None found
Michigan None found
Minnesota None found
Mississippi Yes. MISS CODE ANN. § 37-17-6 This act authorizes the state board of education to develop a school improvement program for “at-risk” schools. It establishes a probationary period under which the state will provide an evaluation process complete with state personnel and a training process for principals and superintendents in these schools to remedy the problems defined by the evaluation teams.
Missouri None found
Montana None found
Nebraska None found
Nevada None found
New Hampshire None found
New Jersey None found
New Mexico None found
New York None found
North Carolina None found
North Dakota None found
Ohio None found
Oklahoma None found
Oregon Yes. BELL The BELL (Building Education Leaders Locally) project began with a class examining the district's culture, operations and priorities. The class, taught by district administrators and supervisors, was followed by action-research projects, group leadership projects (such as serving on district committees), administrator internships and mentoring of new administrators. Three years later, five of the original 43 participants occupied administrative positions (three in the district); eight had gained experience by serving as administrative interns or by overseeing summer programs; and 16 were in the process of earning administrative certification.
Pennsylvania None found
Rhode Island None found
South Carolina Yes. S.C. CODE § 59-18-1530 This legislation calls for the Leadership Academy of the South Carolina Department of Education to develop criteria for the selection of principals which a history of exemplary student academic achievement to be deemed “principal specialists.” The principal specialists will then be available to the schools which are underperforming if the district school board chooses to replace the existing principal. In order to attract outstanding principals to this program, the state will provide a salary supplement equal to 1.25 times the supplement paid to teachers to be paid for two years.
South Dakota None found
Tennessee None found
Texas None found
Utah None found
Vermont None found
Virginia None found
Washington None found
West Virginia None found
Wisconsin None found
Wyoming None found

This information has not been verified by the states

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