Courtney Applauds Troops to Teachers Grant Announcement
(Washington, DC) —Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) applauded the announcement that Connecticut will receive $1,121,400 in federal funding through the Troops to Teachers grant program. The Troops to Teachers program is designed to help service members and veterans become school teachers once they have left active duty. In 2008, Congressman Courtney introduced the bipartisan Post 9/11 Troops to Teachers Enhancement Act bill in the House of Representatives along with Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to lower service requirements to allow more servicemembers from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan to participate in Troops to Teachers Program. The bill was passed into law as part of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.
“Our military service members have a proven themselves to be dedicated public service and they are exactly the type of professional we need to be recruiting to educate our future generations,” said Courtney. “I am very pleased that Connecticut will be receiving a sizable grant from the federal government to help transitioning service members join the ranks of teachers in our state. I’ve worked on a bipartisan basis to make sure that more servicemembers looking to continue their service to our communities can do so by sharing their skills and experience in our classroom. I have no doubt that Connecticut will be well served by the new teachers we are able to recruit and train with this funding.”
Troops to Teachers was established in 1993 to assist transitioning Service members and veterans in beginning new careers in public schools, charter schools, and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. The Department of Defense program facilitates veterans’ successful transition to a teaching career by providing counseling, financial and placement assistance for eligible Service members and veterans.
All current members of the United States Armed Forces and former members who have retired or separated with an honorable discharge are eligible to apply for Troops to Teachers assistance. For participants that meet application, service and education requirements, financial assistance may be available.
Troops to Teachers services include:
- Individualized counseling and transition planning
- Navigating state teacher certification and licensing requirements
- Up to a 5K stipend or 10K bonus
- Connecting participants with hiring officials
- Ongoing support and mentorship