New Jersey Department of Education

Unlocking Federal Funds for Educator Recruitment & Retention

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is dedicated to supporting school districts in their efforts to recruit and retain teachers. This guidance is to be utilized as a tool for school districts to increase awareness of federal funding opportunities that can be used to support the recruitment and retention of teachers. It is not required for a school district to use its federal funds for programs or activities highlighted in this document and the following recommendations are intended to act as suggestions, rather than prescriptive requirements. It is strongly recommended for school districts to research allowable activities and costs associated with the use of federal funding before instituting such activity. This guidance document is intended solely to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice.

Federal Funding

The U.S. Department of Education provides federal funding that in some cases can be used for the recruitment and retention of teachers. Federal funds can be used alongside local and state funds to support specific grant programs that are directed by the state, such as Grow Your Own (GYO) programs where the intent is to recruit individuals from the community to teach in their local schools. Funds can also be used for dual enrollment courses allowing students to earn college credits while attending high school and towards strategies to introduce the teaching profession to students as early as middle school. Federal funding can also assist current teachers through loan forgiveness and cancellation programs. The amount of forgiveness or cancellation is dependent upon program guidelines.

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