Bill to welcome Teach America to Ohio
COLUMBUS— State Representative Gerald L. Stebelton (R-Lancaster) announced the Ohio House’s passage of Substitute House Bill 21 by a vote of 64-32.
H. B. 21 allows Teach for America participants to complete the two-year teaching program in Ohio with partnering school districts.
Specifically, Sub. H.B. 21 directs the State Board of Education to issue a resident educator license to an applicant who is assigned by Teach for America to teach in Ohio and meets certain minimum qualifications. It also directs the State Board to issue a resident educator license to a graduate of the Teach for America program who completed their two years of the program in another state and to credit that individual with completion of two years of the four-year Ohio Teacher Residency Program. Teach for America participants will be evaluated under TFA guidelines and the Ohio Residency Program for their two-year program.
“This bill will allow Teach for America participants the opportunity to teach is some of Ohio’s hard-to-staff school subjects and buildings,” said Stebelton. “TFA is an optional program for our school districts, and not one to circumvent the work of our traditionally licensed teachers. I look forward to having TFA participants work with our districts and teachers to provide Ohio’s students with the best education.”
Teach for America is a national corps of top recent college graduates from all academic majors who commit two years to teaching in urban and rural public schools. An organization of more than 28,000 teachers and alumni, Teach for America is one of the nation’s most prominent providers of teachers for low-income communities.