With more than 3,500 unfilled teaching positions in Illinois, one school district has come up with a novel way to lure new teachers into its fold.
The Quincy School Board on Wednesday night adopted a memorandum of understanding with its union tied to the state grant targeting certified, or teaching, staff, the Herald-News reports.
The three-year pilot program of the Illinois State Board of Education directs $45 million per year to 170 school districts, and $210,000 per year to Quincy Public Schools, with the greatest need to fill teaching positions.
The grant allows districts to use allocated funds in innovative, creative, and evidence-based ways, such as signing bonuses, housing stipends, down-payment assistance or loan repayments, tuition payments, or providing residencies or apprenticeships, and to sustain employment of current teachers by providing materials, supplies, coaching, and school culture supports.
"You want to be able to cast the net wide so you're giving something to everyone and not just the new teachers and recruiting," superintendent Todd Pettit says.
The hiring bonus will pay teachers at the end of their successful first year, $1,000 after the second year, and $1,250 after the third year.
The $450 special education stipend targets that "very specialized" area, Pettit says, and the union and administration wanted
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