DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Office of the Secretary
Education Impact Analysis Pursuant To 14 Del.C. Section 122(d)
733 Payment of Substitutes for Teachers
A. Type of Regulatory Action Required
Amendment to Existing Regulation
B. Synopsis of Subject Matter of the Regulation
The Secretary of Education intends to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 733 Payment of Substitutes for Teachers. The Department of Education reviewed this and other regulations which were four years or older as part of the 2016 Regulation Review as required by 29 Del.C. §10407. Public comment was received for this regulation in which the Department of Education was asked to include language that prohibits school districts from requiring teachers to pay for substitutes out of their own money. The Department does not possess the authority to make the requested change. The Department reviewed this regulation beyond the comments received and made changes for purposes of clarification. The regulation is being reviewed pursuant to the required five year review cycle.
Persons wishing to present their views regarding this matter may do so in writing by the close of business on or before February 7, 2017 to Tina Shockley, Education Associate, Department of Education, Regulatory Review, at 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, Delaware 19901. A copy of this regulation may be viewed online at the Register of Regulation's website,, or obtained at the Department of Education, Finance Office located at the address listed above.
C. Impact Criteria
1. Will the amended regulation help improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards? The amended regulation does not directly help to improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards.
2. Will the amended regulation help ensure that all students receive an equitable education? The amended regulation does not directly help to provide for all students to receive an equitable education.
3. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students' health and safety are adequately protected? The amendments do not address students' health and safety.
4. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students' legal rights are respected? The amended regulation does not directly help to ensure that all student's legal rights are respected.
5. Will the amended regulation preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision making at the local board and school level? The amended regulations does not change the decision making at the local board and school level.
6. Will the amended regulation place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels? The amended regulation does not place any unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements on decision makers.
7. Will the decision making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated be placed in the same entity? The decision making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated does not change because of the amendment.
8. Will the amended regulation be consistent with and not an impediment to the implementation of other state educational policies, in particular to state educational policies addressing achievement in the core academic subjects of mathematics, science, language arts and social studies? The amendment is consistent with and not an impediment to the implementation of other state educational policies.
9. Is there a less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the regulation? There is not a less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the regulation.
10. What is the cost to the State and to the local school boards of compliance with the regulation? There is no expected cost to implementing this amended regulation.
733 Payment of Substitutes for Teachers
1.1 State substitute teacher funds may be used to pay substitutes for State funded teachers when the state State funded teachers are unavailable for duty under the provisions of 14 Del.C. §1318, 29 Del.C. §5524 and 29 Del.C. §5933 (for sick leave calculations for teachers qualifying for workers’ compensation).
1.2 Substitutes for state State funded teachers may also be paid from State substitute teacher funds for:
1.2.1 Military leave for training or duty not in excess of 15 working days per year.
1.2.2 Kindergarten Teachers on Abbreviated Days. In order to allow kindergarten teachers additional time for parent conferences, substitute teachers may be hired using state substitute teacher funding for ½ day on abbreviated days when kindergarten is scheduled.
1.2.32 Teachers participating in Department of Education initiated committee work led professional learning and project assignments.
1.3 Substitutes for State funded teachers who are absent without pay may be charged to the Division I teacher salary line State funds.
1.4 Substitutes for teachers who are paid from federal funds shall be paid from federal funds from the federal program involved or local funds.
1.5 Substitutes for teachers who are paid from local funds shall be paid from local funds.
1.6 Substitutes for teachers who are paid from State funds for a fractional part of a State teacher unit and a fractional part from other funds shall be paid on the same proportional basis.
1.7 Substitutes shall be paid from State substitute teacher funds the amounts authorized for the various classes of substitutes as provided for in 14 Del.C. §1326. School districts paying more for teacher substitutes than prescribed in 14 Del.C. §1326 shall do so from local or federal funds. Federal funds may be used only if the federal program permits that use.