Great Use of Money
- The state has spent more than $20 million in the past decade to develop 1,000 teachers who would work in distressed public schools and boost the number of minority educators in Illinois.
But since the Grow Your Own Teacher program was launched in January 2005 it has produced just 102 college graduates, and only about 80 of those are teaching.
Hundreds of would-be teachers dropped out after borrowing from the program for college tuition, fees and books, and they didn't have to repay the loans under rules laid out by the state, officials said. Millions of dollars went to colleges and community groups tapped as program administrators, in some cases eclipsing money spent on the teacher candidates, state financial records show.
$20 million from a bankrupt state and no provisions to pay back these "loans." Sounds like someone should be in jail over this. We nominate Quinn and Madigan for the prison terms.