The North Carolina Teaching Fellows program was eliminated as part of budgets changes made by GOP leaders upon assuming legislative earlier this decade. Now, House and Senate Republicans propose bringing it back.
House Bill 339 would re-create the program, which promises college students a forgivable loan if they agree to teach Special Education or in subjects related to science, technology and math. The UNC system would administer the program and could offer a student a forgivable loan worth up to $8,250 per year for up to four years. Loans could cover tuition, fees and book costs.
Teaching fellows see one year’s loan forgiven for every school year they teach at a low-performing school. Fellows who teach at higher-performing schools would receive one year’s loan forgiveness for every two years on the job.