COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
April 8, 2011
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
In a continuing effort to increase the pool of qualified speech-language pathologists in Virginia public schools, the Virginia Department of Education will again budget funds to encourage professionals working in the private sector and recent graduates to accept positions in Virginia public schools. The Virginia Incentive Program for Speech-Language Pathologists (VIP-SLP) pays up to $3,000 per year for speech-language pathologists employed full-time in a Virginia public school division and $1,500 per year for those who work part-time.
This incentive program is available to newly hired speech-language pathologists who hold a master's degree and who meet the following qualifications:
The Virginia Incentive Program for Speech-Language Pathologists:
Once employment has been secured, the speech-language pathologists should submit a completed application to the Virginia Department of Education. If the number of applications received exceeds funds available, financial incentives will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. School divisions will be awarded subgrants to fund eligible applicants during the second semester of the school year.
If you have questions regarding eligibility for the incentive program, please contact Marie C. Ireland, specialist, Division of Special Education and Student Services, at (804) 786-9775 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The attached 2011-2012 Virginia Incentive Program for Speech-Language Pathologists application can be faxed to Marie C. Ireland at (804) 371-8796 or mailed to:
Marie C. Ireland
Virginia Department of Education
Division of Special Education and Student Services
P. O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120