Tillis Tries To Save Teaching Fellows Scholarship Program

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The leader of the North Carolina House is thinking twice about the end of a longtime program that's given scholarships to thousands of high school students who plan to become teachers.

Speaker Thom Tillis said he's persuaded by educators and other advocates that the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program shouldn't end. The News & Observer of Raleigh (http://bit.ly/nnyvbm ) reported Tillis' statements at a Wilmington town hall meeting last week.

The program offers $6,500-a-year scholarships to high school seniors who agree to teach for four years in public schools after college graduation. This year's state budget eliminated funding for the next freshman class and included wording to eventually phase out the program.

Tillis said he's asked his staff to examine how to keep funding scholarships for the next group of students.

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  • by Jordan Location: Hickory, NC on Sep 29, 2011 at 04:35 PM
    I am really sad to hear that this scholarship is in jeopardy of getting axed. I am a 16 year old student at Caldwell Early College High School and my dream is to become a teacher. My family is one of many families who cannot afford to send their children off to a big university to get a degree for their future, and I was really looking forward to this scholarship helping me realize my dream. I want to become a teacher so badly, but I guess I may have to find other finances before I can come anywhere near a degree.
  • by tug Location: new bern on Sep 20, 2011 at 09:04 PM
    This is a great program and needs to be saved. I can name at least 15 people that became teachers because of this program. (I m not a teacher) Without this scholarship about 1/2 of them would not have been able to go to college. Its a great investment for the state in its future.
  • by michelle Location: jacksonville on Sep 20, 2011 at 06:42 PM
    Sadly, this issue is a "double edged sword". Where it seems illogical to fund a scholarship program that will create teachers one day at the same time the state is cutting teaching positions, there is a need to have quality teachers for our children's future success. This scholarship program provides just that-teachers who will remain in this state, to help benefit our children. The state needs to get it's act together and stop doing away with funds that support education, both for those currently in the classroom and for those who one day may want to pursue a career in education.
  • by comcerned tax payer on Sep 20, 2011 at 05:55 PM
    The state is reducing the number of teachers but the state wants to pay big bucks,my taxes, to train more teachers. Something big wrong with this picture???????? Apparently tillis got paid off big bucks. SBI needs to look into his finances.
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      by michelle on Sep 20, 2011 at 06:44 PM in reply to comcerned tax payer
      There is a great need for this program. The state is not necessarily reducing the teachers that need to be reduced-many of the teachers with the most experience are the teachers who may not be using the most current teaching practices, and therefore may not be benefiting our children as much as you think. Funding for "training more teachers" is greatly needed, as is the need to stop making cuts to education in general.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 20, 2011 at 05:52 PM
    Maybe he should cut the salaries of those staff members he gave 12-21 % raises to....with taxpayer money !!!!
  • by Prospective TF parent on Sep 20, 2011 at 05:05 PM
  • by Ron Location: Pitt County on Sep 20, 2011 at 04:50 PM
    Maybe if those in legislature thought first before slicing, they wouldn't have these problems later. Or perhaps that is to much to ask of this lot.
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      by uh on Sep 20, 2011 at 05:44 PM in reply to Ron
      Indeed. A lot of irrational, over-emotional, reactionary policy making going on right now.
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      by Vic on Sep 20, 2011 at 05:49 PM in reply to Ron
      I do not believe we have a THINK-before-we-slice majority in the legislature.

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