N.D. lawmakers work on strategy to combat teacher shortage

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The state is addressing a teacher shortage in math and science subjects and rural areas.

To combat the shortage, lawmakers moved forward with a loan forgiveness program.

The program could provide up to $1,000 per year for STEM teachers and up to $5,500 per year for those who teach in critical-need positions in rural school districts.

"It was the intent to mold this into one that accomplishes the idea of an incentivizing more people in the teaching profession and to teach in areas of critical shortage in more emphasis in rural areas," said Sen. Donald Schaible, R-Mott.

The Senate accepted the conference committee report then passed the bill 46 to nothing. It will now head to the house for a vote.