The LISD school board voted Wednesday morning to approve a stipend program. The program is intended to recruit and retain high school math and science teachers.
With a critical shortage of Physics, Chemistry and Algebra One teachers in Texas, incoming teachers or those who commit to stay in those areas, can receive $1,500 to $5,000 extra. The bonuses are performance-based for those teachers who are already employed by LISD.
LISD representative Nancy Sharp is hopeful that this tool will bring in more teachers. Sharp said that the shortage is due to the Texas Legislature's changes in graduation requirements.
"When the legislature went to four years of math and four years of science in all Texas schools, that really put pressure in an area that already had a shortage of math and science teachers," Sharp said.
The money for the stipends is coming from federal title two funds. The availability of the stipends is based on funds that come from the federal, state and local levels.
Teachers at Estacado High School are not eligible for the stipends because there was a previous program set up to recruit and retain teachers at that school.
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