Officials announce initiative to attract more teachers

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University of Louisville U of L Cardinals

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s largest school system has teamed up with the University of Louisville to start a teacher residency program.

The program is aimed at combating teacher shortages.

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The Courier Journal reports it would allow people who received a degree in a field other than education to get a master’s degree from U of L while shadowing an experienced teacher at Jefferson County Public Schools.

In exchange, participants would commit to teaching in one of the district’s lowest-performing schools for five years.

An initial 30-person cohort is expected to begin courses in June. Requirements to apply include a bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.75 GPA.