Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA), Tom Petri (R-WI), and Joe Courtney (D-CT) introduced H.R. 1947, the bipartisan Post-9/11 Troops to Teachers Enhancement Act of 2011 Monday, which seeks to expand the existing Troops to Teachers program to allow more troops to teach in America’s schools.
“Our men and women in uniform are among the most talented, public-spirited Americans in today’s workforce,” stated Representative Joe Courtney. “Expanding this program will direct their unmatched experience, discipline, and leadership skills into America’s classrooms. This is a win-win situation for our schools, military personnel, and especially our children.”
“The Troops to Teachers program encourages military veterans to continue their public service through teaching,” stated Representative Tom Petri. “In addition to being more diverse than the general teaching population, teachers who have served in the military bring an array of valuable skills and character traits to the classroom. These changes will enable more of our nation's veterans to choose teaching as their next career as they transition away from military service.”
According to the Military Officers Association of America, this legislation, “Would help reenergize the Troops to Teachers program by making the program much more accessible and attractive to younger service members who have service since 9/11.”
The American Legion stated that this legislation, “Will not only assist veterans transitioning to new careers as teachers, but also provide first-class role models for America’s children and youth.”
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