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Senate education committee votes yes on Teaching Fellows Program

A Senate education committee gave unanimous support yesterday to a bill that would re-establish the once-popular Teaching Fellows Program. 

The original Teaching Fellows Program, started in 1986, gave scholarships to students to attend college and train to become a teacher provided they were willing to teach in North Carolina schools for at least four years after graduation. Funding was ended in 2011 by the General Assembly. 

The revamped program provides up to $8,250 to teachers in science, technology, education, mathematics, or STEM, and special education fields. 

Teachers who participate in the program will have a year of their loans forgiven for every one year they spend at a low-performing school or two years at a non-low performing school. 

Commitee discussion on the bill happened Monday, and the vote followed on Tuesday.

Alex Granados

Alex Granados is senior reporter for EducationNC.