Bill Text: DE SB183 | 2011-2012 | 146th General Assembly | Draft
Bill Title: An Act To Amend Title 14 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Department Of Correction Educational Services [Track Bill]
Status: 2012-06-20 - SS 1 for SB 183 - Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT [SB183 Detail]
Sen. Ennis & Rep. J. Johnson
Sens. Sokola, Katz & Bonini;
Reps. Carson, Peterman & Briggs King
DELAWARE STATE SENATE
146th GENERAL ASSEMBLY
SENATE BILL NO. 183
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
Section 1. Amend Title 14, Delaware Code by making insertions as shown by underlining as follows:
Chapter 24. Prison Educational Unit.
The Secretary of Education will maintain a Prison Educational Working Group which will
provide educational services for the Department of Correction.
Department of Correction's Educational Services shall be provided by utilizing 56.7 FTEs. of
which up to 4.0 shall be authorized as teachers/supervisors, 44.7 authorized as teachers, minimum of 10.0 authorized
teachers will be Career and Technical Education Teacher, 3.0 authorized as secretaries for the Department of Education.Prison Educational Program, 2.0 of these authorized secretaries will be located within a correctional facilities served. 2.0 authorized as Educational Diagnostic for all correctional facility locations and 1.0 Education Associate dedicated directly to operating the Prison Education Program.
The qualification of employees for the prison education program, except secretaries, shall
be the same as those qualifications for employees within the public school systems, in addition having or obtaining an Adult Education Certification as set forth in 14 Del. C. Ch. 12. Teachers/supervisors are required to have or obtain School Leadership I as set forth in 14 Del. C. Ch. 12.
§403. Job Duties.
Teachers/supervisors shall have teaching responsibilities as defined by job responsibilities and
duties developed by the Department of Education.
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 14 Del. C. Ch. 13. 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 teachers/supervisors are qualified
for professional development clusters in accordance with 14 Del. C. §1305(1) shall receive an additional amount equal to
the approved cluster percentage multiplied by the base salary amount defined in 14 Del. C. §1305(b). 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 14 Del. C. §1305(p) 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 29 Del. C. Ch. 59. Teachers/supervisors shall receive an administrative
supplement of 4 to 8 percent to be determined by the Department of Education within 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 14 Del. C. Ch. 17.
§405. Department of Correction Training Program.
Persons hired for the Prison Educational unit will complete a
Department of Correction Training Program before working within correctional facilities.
§406. Security Classification.
Prison Educational Personnel are required to maintain their security classification
with the Department of Correction. Loss of security classification will cause immediate suspension of access to
§407. Renewal of Training.
Prison Educational Personnel are required to attend correctional security refresher
training a minimum of every three years. Training will be developed and provided by Department of Correction's Staff
§408. Governor's Advisory Council's Review.
Governor's Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens will meet
yearly with Department of Education and Department of Correction representatives for review of the Prison Educational
Program. Council will also make a site visit talk with inmates, teacher and security every other year. Council will include
in their annual report, findings of site visit and program review.
§409. Assignment of Duties.
Excluding the Education Associate to operate the Prison Educational program and one secretary, all other employees will be assigned and perform their duties within the grounds of a correctional facility.
§410. Hiring of Prison Educational employees.
a) Department of Correction's Staff Training Unit will provide a minimum of one member to the
employee application review committee for the selection of applications to move forward to the
b) Department of Correction's Bureau of Prisons will provide a minimum of one member to the
interview committee for the selection of new employees.
c) Department of Education will provide names of all selected new employees to the Department of
Correction a minimum of 10 working days before the starting date of a scheduled Department of
Correction Training Program set forth in § 2402 of this chapter.
The purpose of this Bill is to remove the epilogue language from the Budget Bill and add this language to Title 14, establishing the Prison Education Unit.It establishes a minimum of ten teacher FTEs as Career and Technical Education Teachers for the purpose of providing job skills training to inmates before their release from a correctional facility. It also requires the Department of Correction's Staff Training Unit to provide personnel to the Department of Education's minimum qualification application review process for the selection of candidates for an interview.It requires the Department of Correction's Bureau of Prisons to provide personnel to the Department of Education's interview committee for the selection of new employees, and establishes a minimum time for the Department of Education to inform the Department of Correction of new hires for the mandatory Security Training Program provided by the Department of Corrections.Finally, it establishes the Governor's Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens as the third-party review agency for these prison Education Unit's programs.