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Troops to Teachers

Students accepted to La Salle's Graduate Education program have an opportunity to participate in the federal Troops to Teachers program. This program is a partnership between the Department of Education and the existing 37 teacher intern programs of the 96 colleges and universities that prepare Pennsylvania's teachers for the classroom. This intern program allows you to enter the classroom, and receive a stipend or bonus to assist with the cost of certification for those eligible for financial assistance.

Troops to Teachers participants who accept financial assistance in the form of a Stipend or Bonus incur an obligation to teach for three years in schools or school districts that meet specified criteria as outlined below:

STIPEND: Participants accepting the $5K stipend are obligated to teach for three years in:

Any school within a school district that has at least 20% of the students who come from families living below the poverty level,

OR
A school house where at least 50% of students are eligible for the free or reduced cost lunch program or have a “high percentage” (determined annually) of students with disabilities, so long as that school is in a school district that has between 10 and 20% of students who come from poverty level families.

BONUS: Participants may accept a bonus of $10K in lieu of the stipend if they are employed as a teacher in a school district that has at least 10% or greater of the students who come from families living below the poverty level and are:

Teaching in a school house where at least 50% of students are eligible for the free or reduced cost lunch program,

OR

Teaching in a school house that has a “high percentage” (determined annually) of students with disabilities. (The percentage for school year 2005 is 13.5%)

DEFINITIONS:
Poverty level: Poverty level refers to students within a school district who come from families with incomes below the poverty level for that area. The Census Bureau determines the percentage of poverty level students for a school district. Poverty level percentages have been calculated based on the Census Bureau data and are available on the Troops to Teachers web site. The Census Bureau web site providing school district poverty data by state is at: http://www.census.gov/housing/saipe/sd03/

For eligibility requirements please visit www.proudtoserveagain.com or e-mail ra-troopstoteachers@state.pa.us for Pennsylvania specifics.

For more information on Troops to Teachers please contact Christine Hawk, 717-787-2414, at the Veterans/Military Education Bureau of Postsecondary Services. For information on La Salle’s Graduate Education Program, please contact 215-951-1593.