SPRINGFIELD - It sounds like something that would pop up on a math test: A teacher-training program gets $19 million in state aid. Over six years, it produces only 70 teachers. How much has the state spent for each teacher so far?
The answer: More than $271,000 each.
Public employee "advocates" of the Grow Your Own Teachers program insist those numbers are misleading and incomplete. "This is a program worth investing in," said Maureen Gillette, dean of the College of Education at Northeastern Illinois University.
The latest state budget includes $1 million for the program. ...More HERE