On Monday, the Howard County Public School System launched Teachers for Tomorrow, a program that will enable 12 low-income students from the county to attend college in exchange for a three-year commitment to teach in Howard schools.
"[Teachers for Tomorrow] will build a pipeline of teachers who reflect the ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity of our student body and have an affinity for the school system," according to a school system press release.
The 28th annual Howard Community College Columbia Classic Grand Prix, held Sept. 19 at Marama Farm in Clarksville, is Howard Community College's largest fundraiser. All proceeds go to the school's educational fund to provide scholarships for needy students. Since its inception nearly 30 years ago, more than $3 million has been raised through ticket sales, raffles and sponsorships opportunities.
By Gwendolyn Glenn
Sep 22, 2015 | 9:22 AM
During the 2013-2014 school year, the county's teaching staff was 84 percent white, 9 percent black, 3 percent Hispanic, and 3 percent Asian, according to a school system human resources report. The student body during the same period was 44 percent white, 22 percent black, 9 percent Hispanic, and 18 percent Asian, according to the Maryland State Department of Education.
Twelve high school seniors will be selected for the program based on education achievement, teacher and guidance counselor recommendations, and socioeconomic status and will receive reduced tuition and financial support to attend McDaniel College "at virtually no cost," according to the press release. These students may major in any subject of their choosing, but must minor in education and complete their undergraduate studies in four years.
According to a report on the postsecondary outcomes of Howard County public school graduates from the Class of '07 through the Class of '13, students who received free or reduced meals were 20 percent less likely to attend college than other students.
Following college graduation and certification from the state's education department, the students must teach in Howard County schools for three years, after which point they are free to teach in another location or pursue another career.
"Beyond the local impact, T4T will supplement America's teaching corps with a more diverse, well-educated workforce that can go anywhere and improve any organization once they fulfill their commitment to Howard County Public Schools," according to the press release.