Bring back the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program
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The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program, created in 1986, was a breakthrough initiative that addressed a critical need for teachers in the state by recruiting top North Carolina high school students into teaching.
The program provided holistic training and support to develop Teaching Fellows as exceptional teacher-leaders. To underscore the message that teaching was a career as prestigious as law, medicine, business or other prominent professions, the Teaching Fellows Program offered competitive, four-year scholarships in return for a commitment to teach in North Carolina public schools for at least four years. If a recipient could not repay the scholarship through teaching service, the loan had to be repaid to the state with 10 percent interest.
The strategy worked, creating a corps of inspired and dedicated educators who continue to lead schools, classrooms, school districts and education programs throughout North Carolina.
In 2011, the NC General Assembly voted to end the NC Teaching Fellows Program and in 2015, the last class of Teaching Fellows graduated from college. Since then, reports show that enrollment at the 15 UNC schools of education has plummeted nearly 30 percent.
We need strong teachers in our North Carolina classroom and it starts with our teacher preparation programs. North Carolina children deserve the very best from our public schools and for over 20 years, Teaching Fellows provided the best and the brightest teachers. Please consider signing this petition and let our state legislature know that we want to bring back the Teaching Fellows program!
For more information on the NC Teaching Fellows program, please visit: http://bit.ly/2jAPRs6
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