New bill proposes tougher teacher requirements for better retention

By Amy Cherry 7:27pm, April 23, 2013 - Updated 7:30pm, April 23, 2013
Two in five new teachers leave Delaware within four years, and a new bill seeks to keep them in the classroom in the First State.

Senator Dave Sokola's bill raises the bar by requiring teachers to take required content exams and undergo performance assessments before they're given a license to teach in Delaware.

Senate Bill 51 also calls for better tracking of data for teacher preparation programs.

Through backing the measure, Governor Markell is making good on a promise in his State of the State Address, which calls for Delaware to become more competitive in teacher recruitment and retention.



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