§ 2400 Purpose.
The Secretary of Education will maintain a Prison Education Program which will provide educational services for the Department of Correction.
§ 2401 Staffing.
Staffing for Prison Education Program shall be delineated each year in the Annual Appropriations Act. The qualification of employees for the Prison Education Program shall be the same as the qualification for public education employees pursuant to § 122(c) of this title.
§ 2402 Qualifications.
The qualifications of employees for the Prison Education Program, except secretaries, shall be the same as those qualifications for employees in public high schools. Teachers/supervisors shall have teaching responsibilities as defined by job responsibilities and duties developed by the Department of Education.
§ 2403 Job duties.
Teachers/supervisors shall have teaching responsibilities as defined by job responsibilities and duties developed by the Department of Education.
§ 2404 Salary.
Salary for employees in the Prison Education Program when paid from funds of this State shall be in accordance with regularly adopted salary schedules set forth in Chapter 13 of this title. The salary so computed shall be divided by 0.7 for 10 months employment. If employed on an 11 or 12 month basis, the 10 month amount shall be multiplied by 1.1 or 1.2 respectively. In addition to the above calculation, teachers and administrators qualifying for professional development clusters in accordance with § 1305 (k) of this title shall receive an additional amount equal to the approved cluster percentage multiplied by the base salary amount defined in § 1305(b) of this title. This calculation shall not be increased for 11 or 12 month employment. The percentage shall only be applied to the base 10 month salary for 10, 11, 12 month employees. In accordance with § 1305 (o) of this title the cluster percentage is capped at 15 percent.
Employees whose primary job location is onsite within the institution shall also receive hazardous duty supplements as provided in the Merit System as defined in Chapter 59 of Title 29. Teachers/supervisors shall receive an administrative supplement of 4 to 8 percent to be determined by the Department of Education with the approval of the Co-Chairs of the Joint Finance Committee.
Students served under this program shall not be included in the calculation for unit count purposes as defined in Chapter 17 of this title. The Director of the Office of Management and Budget and Controller General may transfer funds between lines and departments to pay for this program.
In the event the Director of the Office of Management and Budget proposes or implements a position attrition or complement reduction initiative, the Director shall clearly indicate to the Co-Chairs of the Joint Finance Committee when positions outlined in the joint agency Prison Education Program are included in said initiative(s).
§ 2405 Department of Correction training program.
Persons hired for the Prison Educational unit shall complete a Department of Correction training program before working within correctional facilities.
§ 2406 Security classification.
Prison educational personnel are required to maintain their security classification with the Department of Correction. Loss of security classification shall cause immediate suspension of access to correctional facilities.
§ 2407 Renewal of training.
Prison Educational personnel are required to attend correctional security refresher training a minimum of every 3 years. Training shall be developed and provided by Department of Correction’s staff training personnel.
§ 2408 Governor’s Advisory Council’s review.
The Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens (GACEC), in its advisory capacity as authorized by § 3111 of this title shall meet annually with Department of Education and Department of Correction designated representatives to discuss the operation of the joint agency prison education program. No more frequently than every other year, the GACEC may conduct a site visit, which may include interviews and access to public records pursuant to its advisory authority under § 3111 of this title. Prior to commencing the review, the GACEC, Department of Correction and Department of Education shall agree upon the scope and purpose of the review. Any site visit, interviews, and public record reviews shall be coordinated by a representative(s) of the joint agency prison education program and shall be conducted in a manner consistent with any common law privileges, applicable federal and state laws, and security procedures and considerations. The GACEC will include findings related to site visits and program review and assessment in its annual report.
§ 2409 Assignment of duties.
Excluding the education associate to operate the Prison Educational Program and 1 secretary, all other employees shall be assigned and perform their duties within the grounds of a correctional facility.
§ 2410 Hiring of prison employees.
(a) The Department of Correction shall provide a minimum of 1 member to the employee application review committee and 1 member to the interview committee for the selection of new employees.
(b) The Department of Education shall provide names of all selected new employees to the Department of Correction a minimum of 15 working days before the starting date of a scheduled Department of Correction training program set forth in § 2405 of this title. The Department of Correction shall provide the date of any Department of Correction Training Program (CEIT) in sufficient time to allow for the selection of new employees prior to the upcoming training.
(c) Prior to an official employment offer, all candidates for employment under this program shall successfully pass a background clearance to be performed by the Department of Correction.
§ 2411 Trained correctional officers.
Persons who have completed the correctional officer training and worked within the correctional officer series for a minimum of 6 consecutive years and are currently working within the series, have satisfied the requirements of § 2405 of this title and are exempt from retaking this training.