May 8, 2019

$10K bonuses among perks California districts are using to lure bilingual teachers

A district in Sacramento, California, is paying up to $10,000 in bonuses to attract bilingual teachers, while others are hoping extra training will push educators toward finishing the bilingual certification they may have started.

According to a new paper in Education Next, those are among the strategies districts the state is using to meet the demand for credentialed educators, spurred by a 2016 ballot measure that repealed a proposition requiring English-only instruction. In addition, many bilingual programs are taking the form of dual-language immersion programs, which require teachers to have more advanced skills in the second language as well as in English.

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