FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 27, 2004

GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR SIGNS TEACHER
RECRUITMENT LEGISLATION

Jackson, Miss.— Governor Haley Barbour today was joined by members of the House and Senate to sign Senate Bill 2712, which provides incentives for teacher recruitment and expands alternate route programs. “Everything in education starts with a teacher,” said Governor Barbour. “This legislation is vital for recruiting teachers during this critical time of teacher shortages across our state. Good teachers are the most critical component to quality learning.” Governor Barbour called for this new legislation in his ‘State of the State’ address in January.

Governor Barbour pointed out that Mississippi schools need more than twice the number of new teachers to join the profession annually. This legislation recruits non-education majors into teaching through alternate certification and allows all students to compete for key teaching scholarships, the William Winter and Critical Needs Scholarships, if they agree to teach in shortage areas or subjects.

The new law also expands the availability of alternate route programs from the summer, as the law is currently written, to the fall or spring semesters. This incentive gives all undergraduates who agree to teach in critical need areas or subjects the opportunity to become certified teachers and have the options of employment and student loan repayment upon graduation.

 


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Governor Haley Barbour
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