DENVER (CBS4)- U.S. Senator Michael Bennet from Colorado is on a mission to get more people interested in teaching.

The Democrat is the former Denver Public Schools Superintendent. He visited the Montclair Elementary School and met with some young educators.

Bennet highlighted the district’s first-in-the-nation teacher residency program.

The program is designed to recruit, train and support aspiring teachers by letting them work alongside another teacher who serves as a mentor.

“We wanted to make sure we had multiple pathways into teaching and into the school district for people who were interested in supporting our kids. We’re going to be facing a shortage of more than a million teachers in this country in the next ten years,” said Bennet.

Bennet is also supporting The Presidential Teacher Corps in Washington. President Obama put the idea in his budget. It calls for $185 million in spending to recruit and train teachers.

Comments (3)
  1. Cindy says:

    Inspire children to join a profession that fights to keep their jobs each year through major budget cuts? To join a profession that is grossly under paid after completing years of schooling? Even if there are tuition programs to offset college expenses, they graduate to be paid in the lower salary tiers. Let’s figure out the school budgets FIRST!

  2. Mike M. says:

    How about we create some jobs for those who have their teaching licenses, but can’t find a job at a school, and while we’re at it, stop laying off teachers who do have jobs?

  3. Will says:

    Increase interest in teaching? It should be an amazing, respected profession, but good luck finding many teachers who would recommend it without reservation. Teachers are constantly under the gun economically, continuously told what a lousy job they are doing, and evaluated by clueless administrators who either ran from the classroom because they hated kids or couldn’t make it on the low pay. Try successfully “teaching to the test” when you have 38 students in your classroom, 28 of which are “special needs” students with behavior issues. Then you go home and hear how lousy public schools are from your neighbors, from pundits, and from politicians. Gee, I ‘m so interested in teaching.

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