Local Solu
tions to the Shortage of Special Education Teachers
Grant Opportunity (2019-20 school year)
Purpose: to address countywide shortage of Special Education Teachers by providing
tuition assistance to current Education Specialist Credential students and student debt
relief to recently-credentialed Special Educators
Eligibility: current/aspiring special education teachers in Santa Barbara County
Application Deadline: May 1, 2020 for the 2019-20 school year (current program set
to run through the end of the 2022-23 school year) eligibility requires submission of
completed application form and all supporting materials
Grant Award: to be based on applicant pool and not to exceed $20,000 for any one
individual (disbursement of funds to be determined by Governance Team)
Program Description: The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)
established the Local Solutions to the Shortage of Special Education Teachers grant
program, awarded to local education agencies based on their level of need, in
order to help address the statewide shortage of fully-credentialed Special Educators.
The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) was selected to be a recipient
of grant funds. Awards will be made at the end of each school year through 2022-23.
Individuals may apply for grant funding if they are: 1) actively enrolled in a university
program for an Education Specialist Instruction Credential, or 2) currently working as
special educators in Santa Barbara County public schools and completed their
Education Specialist Credential program after June 30, 2014.
The sole purpose of grants funds awarded shall be payment of current tuition
expenses for Education Specialist Credential students in Santa Barbara County or
payment of verified student debt incurred during the course of obtaining an
Education Specialist Credential. All grant recipients shall immediately make
reasonable efforts to teach as special educators in Santa Barbara County for a
minimum of four of the five years following receipt of grant funding (see authorizing
legislation information on the application for more details on recipient obligations.)
Application for Local Solutions to the Shortage of
Special Education Teachers Grant
Complete applications to include ALL of the following:
Completed application form (this page)
Signed statement of commitment (on reverse of this page)
Current original/official transcripts from Education Specialist university
Current credential students: account statement from your credentialing university
Current credential holders: student loan account statement showing current year
payment history - only applies to loans taken for Education Specialist Credential
Note: if you are currently enrolled in a credential program located outside of Santa Barbara
County, please include a written justification as to how your obtaining a credential will help with
the shortage
of special education teachers in Santa Barbara County.
I. Applicant Information
Full Name: __________________________________________________________________
Contact Email: ______________________________________________________________
Contact Phone: _____________________________________________________________
Home Mailing Address: ______________________________________________________
Employing School District (if employed): _______________________________________
Job Title (if employed): ______________________________________________________
Credentialing University Attended: ___________________________________________
University Status (graduated or actively enrolled): _____________________________
Date Education Specialist Credential Granted (actual or anticipated): _________
Contact Tom Heiduk
Manager, Credentials Services
(805) 964-4711, ext. 5266
II. Return Information
A full set of completed, original application materials is required in order to be
considered to receive grant funds. Mail your complete set of original documents to:
Santa Barbara County Education Office
ATTN: Credentials Services
PO Box 6307
Santa Barbara, CA 93160-6307
Originals required: Scanned, faxed, or photocopied documents will not be
III. Statement of Commitment
By signing this statement, I attest under penalty of perjury that I am the individual
named on the attached application. Further, I attest to the best of my
understanding that I meet all requirements for receipt of Local Solutions Grant
funds and agree to adhere to all conditions as described in the enclosed
Applicant Full Legal Name: __________________________________________________
Applicant Signature: _________________________________________________________
Today’s Date: _______________________
Authorizing Legislation Information
Section 39: Article 16. Teacher Recruitment, Retention, and Support Grant Programs
(2) (A) A teacher participant who receives a teacher service scholarship, signing bonus, or student debt payment shall
agree to teach at a school within the jurisdiction of the grant recipient and work as an education specialist serving a
caseload of pupils who receive special education services in a special education setting for four years, and the teacher
participant shall have five years to meet that obligation.(B) A teacher participant who fails to complete the service
obligation described in subparagraph (A) shall reimburse the sponsoring grant recipient the amount of grant funding
received as a teacher service scholarship, signing bonus, or student debt payment. The amount to be reimbursed shall
be adjusted proportionately to reflect the service provided if the teacher participant taught at least one year, but less
than the required four years, at the sponsoring grant recipient.(C) If a teacher participant is unable to complete a school
year of teaching, that school year may still be counted toward the required four complete school years if any of the
following occur:(i) The teacher participant has completed at least one-half of the school year.(ii) The employer deems
the teacher participant to have fulfilled his or her contractual requirements for the school year for the purposes of salary
increases, probationary or permanent status, and retirement.(iii) The teacher participant was not able to teach due to
the financial circumstances of the sponsoring grant recipient, including a decision to not reelect the employee for the
next succeeding school year.(iv) The teacher participant has a condition covered under the federal Family and Medical
Leave Act of 1993 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 2061 et seq.) or similar state law.(v) The teacher participant was called or ordered to
active duty status for more than 30 days as a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States.
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