Senator Schumer makes stop in East Syracuse to launch plan to boost teacher recruitment

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EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made a stop in East Syracuse on Friday to launch a two-part plan to boost teacher recruitment in Syracuse.

First, he wants Congress to improve the public service loan forgiveness program to partially forgive student debt. Second, he wants Congress to reject the elimination of the Title Two Grant Program that gives money for school districts to use for teacher recruitment and retention.

“Right now, 40 percent of teachers who start out teaching leave after five years. And when there is professional development. When this program Title Two is fully funded, that number goes way down,” Schumer said.

Over the last decade, New  York State has lost 21,000 teachers. Teachers are especially needed in areas like math.

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