State awards $9.6M in grants to help avoid teacher shortages

Indiana higher education officials have awarded $9.6 million in grants to help schools that deal with a shortage of quality teaching candidates.

The Indiana Commission for Higher education announced the 13 grants on Wednesday. The money was given to organizations and colleges to pay for programs that recruit, prepare, place and retain teachers in schools with teacher shortages—specifically schools with a shortage of teachers in science, engineering, technology and math.

Indiana recently had a special commission make recommendations on how to stop any shortages of teachers in Indiana, attract more teachers and keep them in classrooms.

This is the second round of grants. They were awarded through a fund created by the Indiana General Assembly in 2013.

Teach for America, Independent Colleges of Indiana and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation were among recipients.

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