DefinitionsIn this division:
(1) Eligible participantThe term “eligible participant” means—
an individual with substantial, demonstrable career experience, including a highly qualified paraprofessional; or
(B) an individual who is a graduate of an institution of higher education who—
has graduated not more than 3 years before applying to an eligible entity to teach under this division; and
in the case of an individual wishing to teach in a secondary school, has completed an academic major (or courses totaling an equivalent number of credit hours) in the academic subject that the individual will teach.
(2) High-need local educational agency
The term “high-need local educational agency” has the meaning given the term in section 6602 of this title.
(3) High-need schoolThe term “high-need school” means a school that—
is located in an area in which the percentage of students from families with incomes below the poverty line is 30 percent or more; or
is within the top quartile of elementary schools and secondary schools statewide, as ranked by the number of unfilled, available teacher positions at the schools;
is located in an area in which there is a high teacher turnover rate; or
is located in an area in which there is a high percentage of teachers who are not certified or licensed.
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