Popular NC Program For Teachers To Be Phased Out

A scholarship program meant to attract North Carolina's brightest high school students into teaching has fallen victim to state budget cuts.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Sunday that legislators voted to phase out the $13.5 million annual funding for the Teaching Fellows program as they closed a $2.5 billion budget shortfall. The 25-year-old program provided a free college education in exchange for teaching at least four years in a public school in North Carolina.

About 500 scholarships were awarded annually. This year's entering college freshman class will be the last to receive the scholarships.

However, two Republican lawmakers say funding could be restored in future sessions. Legislators say they had to decide whether to make direct cuts to the classroom or to other education programs.

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  • by ane Location: Raleigh on Aug 1, 2011 at 06:20 AM
    NC has a high school program in place to "grow their own teachers" but funding was cut for the program as well as the Teaching Fellows! These two programs need to be funded so that students in poor, rural counties can see the benefits of being a teacher in their home county and have access to a scholarship that would help them. The teacher cadet program in high school has helped many students see the profession differently and afterwards they have more compassion for children and more respect for teachers! NC Legislature shame on you for not helping North Carolina teachers!
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      by US-First on Aug 2, 2011 at 08:18 AM in reply to ane
      Yes NC Legislature shame on you for not handing out more and more and more. We are such pitiful human beings, we cannot take care of ourselves. We cannot motivate ourselves or our children to be contributing members of society w/o government taking and contributing for us. We can't seem to see for ourselves the value in education, only through the lens of government is it made clear to us. Please take more of my selfish income for unbiased spending programs that not only contribute to our poor society but also help get you elected time and time again. Its almost as if you are giving your own money to the problem and we are so mesmerized by your rather large house on the hill while you give so freely. We are apparently forever in your rising debt.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2011 at 04:30 AM
    Cut summer school, cut house to house bus stops, cut teaching coaches, cut county office, cut state office, cut welfare, cut food stamps (kids are getting free lunch and free breakfast so why food stamps), cut technology, cut roads, cut military, This is a ongoing list please add as needed.
  • by This isn't all Location: enc on Jul 31, 2011 at 11:14 PM
    If this were the only cut, maybe it wouldn't make such a difference, but add to it the Pell Grants that are being slashed by the GOP in Washington and you begin to understand the damage they are doing to education in this country. If they make public school weak enough, then they will force "vouchers". This has been their plan all along. They don't want to pay for public schools and they want tax cuts for the tuitions at their "private" schools. And the walls are built brick by brick!
  • by Gumby on Jul 31, 2011 at 10:52 PM
    Well good. I had to pay to get my college education. No freebies for me.
  • by Hmm... Location: Greenville on Jul 31, 2011 at 08:09 PM
    Let it go... I consider myself a good teacher, well educated, Masters degree and National Board Certification. I went to a good university etc... but...even with all of the above, nothing prepared me to be a good teacher ~ the true experience itself is the best tool. So no matter the school/program/scholarship etc, I truly believe it's in the person to be the best teacher and not the program or scholarship offered.
  • by Educator on Jul 31, 2011 at 07:39 PM
    Keep the TF program but get rid of the Principals Fellows program. Now that a real waste of money.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2011 at 07:26 PM
    Thats sad, my daughter is in a program at highschool and wants to be a teacher. I hope with God's help we can get this budget mess fixed. Its so messed up.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2011 at 07:24 PM
    I have known some GREAT teachers to come through the TF program, but I digress...my program at ECU welcomed about 5-7 TF students per year, and there were always at least 2 of them who took their gift for granted by being incredibly mediocre. One of my good friends who is a TF has been in undergrad for going on 6 years. Those are the type of students who made this decision easy.
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      by To anonymous on Jul 31, 2011 at 11:17 PM in reply to
      Do you know any program where everyone is superior? Maybe we need to start "judging" all professions. How about publishing how man cases each lawyer loses in the paper every year. How about publishing how many patients doctors lose every year! Not their fault? That doesn't matter-NO excuses! Put the "numbers" in the machine and make it happen! That is what we have allowed to happen to our teachers.
  • by mark Location: winterville on Jul 31, 2011 at 06:14 PM
    the program did not work. most of the people that did this just stayed in education long enough to pay back their commitment. They then left the classrooms to either move into administration or a complete new field of work.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2011 at 10:52 PM in reply to mark
      true! most do not stay but the stats are skewed to keep the program...glad it is gone!
  • by teacher on Jul 31, 2011 at 06:04 PM
    I have been teaching 9 years. I applied for the teacher fellows and did not get it. I still went to college on student loans anyway. I became a teacher and loving every bit of it. Someone that really wants to be a teacher will do anything they can to become one.

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