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Jacksonville North Pulaski School District Stipend for Special Education Teachers

This article describes efforts by a school district in Arkansas to attract special education teachers by offering a $4,500 signing bonus over 3 years, in addition to a $2,500 annual stipend.

Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program

This program from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission offers tuition exemptions for up to 250 students seeking initial licensure in special education at an accredited Illinois university. This program will exempt candidates from paying tuition and mandatory fees at an eligible institution for up to four calendar years, given they commit to teach in Illinois in the field of special education.

Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Teacher Opportunity Program

The Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP) offers tuition reimbursement grants to Arkansas teachers and administrators. Teachers and administrators may apply for reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses paid for up to six college credit hours completed for each academic year, not to exceed $3,000.

Kentucky Department of Education Traineeship Program for Special Education

The Traineeship Program allocates federal professional development funds to provide tuition assistance for special educators and preschool teachers to obtain certification in the area in which they are teaching. A major focus of the Traineeship program is on teachers seeking alternative certification, emergency or probationary certification, and working toward full certification while enrolled in a Kentucky institution of higher education.

Colorado Educator Loan Forgiveness Program

This program, established by Colorado Senate Bill 19-003, offers loan repayment for educators who complete qualified educator preparation programs and serve in rural districts, or serve in a content shortage area as defined by the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Florida Critical Teacher Shortage Program

This report summarizes the effects of Florida's statewide program to increase the supply of teachers in designated "hard-to-staff" areas, such as special education, math, and science. The study found that the loan forgiveness component of the program was effective, but that the impact of loan forgiveness varied with the generosity of payments. When fully funded, the program reduced attrition of special education teachers by 12.3 percent, but did not have a statistically significant impact when funding was substantially reduced.

North Carolina Teaching Fellows

North Carolina Teaching Fellows is a collaboration between several North Carolina universities that aims to increase the pool of teachers serving in special education or STEM roles in North Caroline public schools. Participants receive up to $4,125 per semester for up to eight semesters.

Montana Senate Bill 115

This bill addresses teacher shortages by increasing the frequency of annual stipends for teachers in the state of Montana, with additional financial incentives for educators who work in districts with critical shortages.

Arkansas Senate Bill 27 Teacher Candidate Loan Forgiveness Program

This bill establishes a program offering loan forgiveness to teacher candidates who enter multi-year service agreements to teach in Arkansas districts with critical shortages.

Strategies for Addressing Critical Teacher Shortages

This report outlines strategies for addressing critical teacher shortages, including financial incentives for high-needs teaching position transfers.

North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program

The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is a competitive, merit-based forgivable loans for service program that provides up to $4,125 a semester ($8,250 a year) for up to four years to highly-qualified students committed to teaching special education or a STEM field in a North Carolina public school.

Portland, Maine Professional Learning Based Salary Schedule

This article describes a collaborative effort between the Portland Educational Association and Portland Public Schools to negotiate a salary schedule that rewards teacher participation in a wide variety of professional learning opportunities.

Dallas Independent School District Teacher Excellence Initiative

This program combats teacher shortages by setting minimum starting salaries, offering supplemental earnings through critical shortage area signing initiatives, and providing visas to attract international educators.

Iowa Department of Education Teacher Leadership and Compensation System

The goals of Iowa's Teacher Leadership and Compensation System are to attract promising new teachers with competitive starting salaries, reward effective teachers with leadership opportunities and increased compensation, and foster greater professional collaboration between teachers.

Financial Incentives for Hard-to-Staff Positions

This report describes promising approaches to develop a “portfolio” of financial incentives, including performance bonuses, loan repayment, scholarship programs, and performance-based incentives, to boost recruitment and retention in hard-to-staff schools and subject areas.

Understanding and Addressing Teacher Shortages in the United States

This report summarizes research on the effect of monetary incentives on teacher recruitment and retention and how compensation-based incentives can be used to address both subject-level shortages and school-level shortages.

How Effective Are Loan Forgiveness and Service Scholarships for Recruiting Teachers?

This brief from the Leaning Policy Institute summarizes research on the effectiveness of loan forgiveness and service scholarship programs for prospective teachers and provides examples of promising programs.

A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.

This research brief from the Learning Policy Institute describes evidence-based policies for creating competitive, equitable compensation packages for teachers.