December 8, 2021

Proposal seeks mentoring for teachers

Sen. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park, on Monday filed a bill for the 2022 legislative session that seeks to create a training and mentoring program for teachers.

The proposal (SB 618) would pair retired or current classroom teachers who have been evaluated as highly effective with educators who are new to the job, in an effort to increase “effectiveness and involvement” through mentorship.

Mentors also would be placed with teachers who are “rated as needs improvement, developing, or unsatisfactory,” and teachers who are “from a different demographic group,” under the bill.

The measure would require lawmakers to budget an unspecified amount of money for the program.

“The funds must be sufficient for each school district to establish three mentors at each school within the district and for school districts to provide each selected classroom teacher a stipend in the amount of $2,000,” according to the bill.

Rep. Yvonne Hinson, D-Gainesville, filed a similar proposal (HB 165) in the House on Sept. 22.

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