SB 920 - This act establishes the Urban Flight Scholarship Program.
The Urban Flight Scholarship Program will be administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The program will provide scholarships for eligible students who enter and make a commitment to pursue a teacher education program and agree to teach in an urban or metropolitan Missouri public school, the population of which includes a higher than average "at-risk" student population, as a condition of receiving the scholarship. The student will teach for a period of two years for every one year they received a scholarship or the scholarship will be treated as a loan.
Eligibility criteria are delineated in the act. The four-year scholarship will encompass the total cost of an eligible student's tuition and fees at a four-year college or university located in Missouri, seventy-five percent of which will be paid by funds appropriated to DESE and twenty-five percent of which will be paid by the local school district in which the recipient agrees to teach.
This act is similar to SB 1072 (2004).