Superintendent's Memo #251-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

September 11, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: 2009-2010 Tuition Assistance for Early Childhood Special Educators

The Virginia Department of Education has budgeted a portion of Section 619 Preschool Grant funds, to provide tuition assistance of up to $600 per course for a maximum of three courses per year for early childhood special educators. These funds are available to the following personnel who have a full-time contract with a Virginia public school division for the 2009-2010 school year and are not participating in a special education personnel preparation program funded by the Virginia Department of Education:

The teacher or speech-language pathologist is responsible for ensuring that any courses taken for licensure in special education satisfy state requirements. The Division of Teacher Education and Licensure will assist in reviewing the requested coursework.

The funding period for this activity ends September 30, 2010. If the number of applications received exceeds funds available, tuition assistance will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Completed tuition assistance applications must be submitted to the Virginia Department of Education immediately after enrollment and prior to completion of the course. No applications will be considered after the last day on which a course is offered.

If you have questions regarding eligibility for the tuition assistance, please contact Dr. JoAnne Y. Carver, director of teacher education, Division of Teacher Education and Licensure, at (804) 371-2475 or e-mail: JoAnne.Carver@doe.virginia.gov. The attached application form should be submitted by fax or mailed to:

Dr. JoAnne Y. Carver
Director of Teacher Education
Virginia Department of Education
P. O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120
Fax: (804) 786-6759

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Attachment:

a. Application for Tuition Assistance for Early Childhood Special Educators (Word)