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Montana rural schools group offering student teaching scholarships to combat teacher shortage

December 9, 2016View for printing

It can be tough to place student teachers in rural schools. The trainees often struggle to find housing and can be daunted by rural isolation. With fewer student teachers, rural schools miss out on a major source of employees.

A Montana education advocacy group and the Montana University System hope a new scholarship program can draw more people into small towns that typically struggle to hire teachers. The Montana Rural Education Association will offer about 20 $1,000 scholarships to college students to student teach in schools with projected teacher shortages, funded from MREA school membership fees.


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