CHAPTER 491

FORMERLY

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 3

AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 2

TO ESTABLISH A COMMITTEE ON INSURING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS IN CRITICAL CURRICULAR AREAS.

WHEREAS, the continued quality of public education in Delaware remains a high priority at both the state and local level; and

WHEREAS, on a national basis there are reports of a critical shortage of available and qualified science and mathematics teachers in the secondary public schools; and

WHEREAS, the State of Delaware should determine whether or not our secondary public schools are currently experiencing this shortage or anticipate it in the foreseeable future; and

WHEREAS, there may be critical shortage of certified professional educational employees in other curricular areas of our public schools: and

WHEREAS, the State of Delaware contains two four-year institutions of higher education that train potential certified professionals in education; and

WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of the State that these public four-year institutions of higher learning encourage students to direct their studies toward those areas of anticipated shortages in our public schools.

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives and the Senate of the 132nd General Assembly of the State of Delaware, with the approval of the Governor, that the State Board of Education convene a statewide COMMITTEE TO INSURE THE AVAILABILITY OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS IN THE CRITICAL CURRICULAR AREAS for the purpose of reviewing and making recommendations for the continued availability relative to the present and future staffing needs of our public schools, if any.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Committee shall also be charged to investigate and make recommendations relative to possible solutions to these shortages, recommend methods of implementation, and estimate the cost and time required for implementing the potential solutions.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Committee shall be composed of representatives of: The Association of Secondary Principals

The Directors of Secondary Education

The Delaware Council of Teachers of Math

The Delaware Council of Science Teachers

Delaware Congress of Parents and Teachers

Delaware School Boards Association

The Directors of Elementary Education

The president of each of the four-year institutions of higher education

Two representatives of private business and industry

The State Director of Instructional Services, and two ex-officio members, one from the Delaware Association of School Administrators and one from the Delaware State Education Association.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Committee shall be convened within 30 days of passage of this resolution by both the State House of Representatives and the State Senate with a final report presented to the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the House and Senate Education Chairpersons, and the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Joint Finance Committee no later than January 15, 1984.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to Dr. William B. Keene, State Superintendent of Schools.

Approved May 20, 1983.