The top priority of the Quality Education Council Report is to “Make Progress Toward Ample Funding for Basic Education.” The QEC recognizes many “non—basic education programs to be essential for providing critical services for students” – including funds for professional development. A little further down the list of priorities is support for the recruitment, development, placement, and retention of educators who are culturally competent and possess skills and competencies in language acquisition.
That’s what I do. I am part of a team of six Instructional Mentors who oversee the novice teacher induction program. But funding for our position does not come from the state.