Texas AFT Renews Call for Return of Scholarships for Educational Aides

In testimony today before the House Appropriations subcommittee on education funding, Texas AFT legislative spokesman Ted Melina Raab renewed our call to restore tuition scholarships for educational aides who need financial aid to pursue a college degree leading to teacher certification. Melina Raab noted that the program was a highly successful “grow-your-own-teachers” strategy for Texas public schools until the education cuts of 2011 took away its funding. Close to 6,000 scholarship recipients a year benefited from the program, which was funded at roughly $14 million a year. The program has been strongly supported by school and college administrators, financial-aid officers, and businesses.