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Education Staff Professionals, HB 1017

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What the bill does

  • HB 1017 (full text) requires each school district to create a list of critical shortages of education staff professionals similar to the current list complied of critical teacher shortage areas.
  • School districts must fund incentives to recruit and retain education staff professionals in positions that have a critical shortage. These funds would be subject to legislative appropriation. 
  • No later than July 1, 2023, each school district must adopt and implement a program to provide paraprofessionals with a “system of career development” and provide economic incentives to “encourage excellence among education paraprofessionals.”

Vote History

SB 1576

  • 9-0, Jan. 25 Senate Education Committee

What’s Next

Talking Points

  • Strong public schools are the heartbeat of their communities, and education staff professionals are the backbone of strong schools. 
  • All students, but especially those with learning differences, deserve the individual attention they need to reach their potential. Education paraprofessionals are crucial in ensuring that students’ needs are met.
  • A focus on recruiting, retaining, and paying a living wage to education staff professionals will benefit all students by ensuring schools have the staff necessary to help each child learn and grow. 

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