Assembly To Discuss Rural Education Issues
"....loan forgiveness for rural teachers. When you get that teacher just out of college that has thousands of dollars in school loans and they're making about $33,000 for a first year teacher, they're talking about a $10,000 loan forgiveness for a teacher in a rural school district...."
Legislators will also be talking about sparcity aid, or allowing more aids to districts with low enrollments. Ritchie says for Northland Pines, that could mean a sizeable chunk of money...
"....so we'd qualify for sparcity aid for the first time in history. That alone could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars not only for Northland Pines but other districts in northern Wisconsin or districts like Northland Pines...."
Ritchie says another point is increasing the amount given for Special Education. He says all three points would be major boosts for rural school districts.A longer interview with Mike Ritchie will he heard at 7:30 a.m. 3/20/2014.