Indiana sets up new scholarship for state’s future teachers

Indiana legislators want more of their state’s “best and brightest” to enter the teaching profession, and they plan to spend $10 million on a plan to steer young people in that career direction. HB 1002, signed into law in March, establishes a Next Generation Hoosiers Education Scholarship.

Recipients will be eligible to receive up to $30,000 in tuition assistance; in turn, they must agree to teach in an Indiana school for five years. To be eligible for a scholarship, a student must graduate in the top 20 percent of his or her high school class and score well on an ACT or SAT exam. Over the past five years, the number of initial teacher licenses issued in Indiana has fallen by 30 percent. In response, Indiana education leaders formed a commission last year to develop strategies that address the state’s shortage of teachers.

One commission idea was to create additional scholarship opportunities. Another idea was to develop new career pathways and leadership opportunities, and with this year’s passage of HB 1005, Indiana school districts can establish programs that reward teachers who take on extra roles and responsibilities.
Stateline Midwest: April 20162.25 MB