Lockwood using new state law to make dent in teacher shortage

The TEACH Act, or Tomorrow’s Educators Are Coming Home Act, was signed into law in 2021 by Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte. Today, backers say it’s making a dent in the teacher shortage by providing incentives and loosening licensing requirements.

On Tuesday, Gianforte visited Lockwood High School to meet two new teachers, who were hired through the TEACH Act.

“We have a teacher shortage,” Gianforte told MTN News on Tuesday. “So, these measures taken to increase pay and expand licensure is getting more qualified people in front of the classroom, and that’s going to help our kiddos.”

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