Underserved and underfunded school districts continuously suffer from high teacher turnover rates as experienced teachers leave and new teachers come in ill-equipped for the modern day demands of the classroom. High turnover rates hurt students the most because they will need remedial instruction and this remediation costs the state tens thousands of dollars per student.
In order to solve the problems of high teacher turnover I believe we must prioritize our hiring efforts toward teaching residency programs. These programs require aspiring educators to commit to a residency period – much like a doctor – under the observation and tutelage of an experienced educator. These programs allow new teachers to build up the skills they need to be successful in a controlled environment. As Delegate, I intend on introducing legislation that will increase support for teacher residency programs to ensure that the students in the worst performing districts have access to highly skilled teachers at all times.