ISBE Unveils $2M ‘Grow Your Own’ Teachers Grant
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The Illinois State Board of Education is unveiling a two-million-dollar grant for school district to hire local teachers. The “Grow Your Own” grant recruits local students to the teaching profession. Sixty-percent of teachers work in a school within 20 miles of the high school from which they graduated. Research shows focusing on developing local talent is a key strategy to building a strong teacher pipeline.