States also are experimenting with tactics to attract top recruits. One plan is Grow Your Own teacher, where school districts identify potential teachers from among their own students and offer them incentives and scholarships to return home after college to teach.
Last year, Illinois took that idea statewide. It identifies nontraditional teacher candidates, such as paraprofessionals, parents and older adults with little or no college experience, and helps them earn credentials. The states new budget includes $3 million for the program, which aims to add 1,000 teachers to poor minority schools over the next decade.
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