House approves teacher recruitment

(January 29, 2004) - (Little Rock-AP) -- The House has approved a bill that would set up an office for teacher recruitment at the Arkansas Department of Education. Representative Calvin Johnson of Pine Bluff proposed the measure and said the office would be used to find teachers for school districts with teacher shortages. He said the measure would cost between five and six million dollars. Johnson also proposed another bill the House passed. It would encourage schools in the state's most impoverished areas to partner with nearby community colleges and universities. The bill would create educational renewal zones. Johnson said that plan would cost about two million dollars to cover staffing and other expenses.