Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Troops to Teachers gets Fresh Start

    This week it was reported in the Air Force Times that Congress is jump-starting the 20-year-old program of troops to teachers.  As a part of the Defense Authorization Act for 2013 the program has been expanded.  The act already had a focus for bringing in new teachers with skills in math and science, now with the 2013 Act, Foreign Languages has been added as a sought after skill. 
     About 2,000 people a year are expected to benefit from the changes.  The program pays a stipend of $5,000 to help cover the cost of getting teaching certification and a signing bonus of up to $10,000 for becoming a full time teacher.  The highest payments go to teachers in schools with large numbers of students from low-income families. 
     In their proposal to Congress, defense officials said having veterans with foreign languages could have long term national security benefits "because of the importance of increasing the number of bilingual and multilingual young men in the military.” 

For more information about Troops to Teachers, you can go to the link below:

Proud to Serve Again -- Troops to Teachers

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