Prince William County, VA is partnering with several universities to recruit students of color into the teaching workforce. The program seems well-funded enough to provide realistic incentives and supports to students:
Once the students are accepted, the nonprofit organization, Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teachers, will link them with paid mentoring teachers in their schools, place them in SAT preparation courses and help them apply to a select group of colleges that promise to reduce the students’ tuition by at least 50 percent.
Students would apply by writing essays about why they want to be teachers, and they must maintain a B average and have a good record of class attendance. Having some minority or ethnic background is required.
After being admitted, participants would shadow a teacher and be required to tutor other students for at least two hours a week, for which they would be paid $10 an hour. The mentoring teachers would receive a stipend of about $1,000.
Students also would get SAT preparation training in a six-week course conducted by Kaplan Inc., which is owned by The Washington Post Co.
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