HB 4030 provides $78 million in grants to support retention and recruitment of licensed and classified K-12 personnel in schools across Oregon. The legislative and executive intent of these funds is to use them for strategies identified and prioritized through involvement of school personnel to:
- Address high need specialties and workforce shortage areas for both classified and licensed staff;
- Build on existing efforts which address root causes of workforce attrition while responding to urgent needs; and
- Diversify the workforce, as well as ensure every educator and staff member can meet the academic and well-being needs of students, particularly students from historically and persistently underserved groups.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to recruitment and retention challenges. The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Educator Advancement Council (EAC) fully recognize this. These funds provide maximum flexibility for school districts, charter schools, and ESDs to confer with their personnel and develop plans for use of the funds. Grant funds should be used to meet local needs, which vary considerably across the state, and should be used to support evidence-based strategies which are proven to be effective. The EAC will provide a collated resource to help district leaders facilitate decision-making with their staff around use of funds.
For questions regarding this grant, please email the
Education Staff Retention Grants staff.