A cash-strapped southern New Jersey school district has decided to start charging student teachers to work there.
Medford appears to be the first school district in the state to take such a policy.
It’s being criticized by the dean of the education school at nearby Rowan University–Dean Carol Sharp says it would put too heavy a burden on students and it runs afoul of a traditional teacher-training partnership.
The charge is to be $1,200 for in-state student teachers and $1,500 for out-of-staters.
School officials tell the Courier-Post that there seems to be a backlash, and no wonder: The district had 30 student teachers this year, and it might not have any next year.