ARKANSAS CITY, Mo.
— Arkansas State is giving a $300,000 grant to a local school district to help pay for the costs of a new teacher certification program that it hopes will attract more teachers to the state.
The grant application was approved Monday by the Arkansas Board of Education and Arkansas Community Colleges.
The new program is aimed at providing support to the education of Arkansas educators and will focus on a broad range of teaching styles and subjects.
It will be funded through the state’s Teachers Scholarship Program and the Arkansas Teacher’s Retirement Fund, the board said in a news release.
In addition to the teacher certification, the program also provides support for teaching students the basics of English, math and science, and a refresher course for students.
The program will help the Arkansas Community College District cover $70,000 for a teacher training program that is expected to start in the fall, the release said.
The board approved the grant request in a 5-3 vote.
The application received support from both Republicans and Democrats.
The school district said it has about 100 teachers and teachers aides who are working in the district.
The district also will begin accepting applications for additional teachers in the next few months.
The proposal was developed in partnership with the National Center for Teaching & Leadership Education.
The National Center is part of the National Governors Association, the organization that funds higher education.
The project has been supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The award is expected for completion in the first quarter of 2020.