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Troops to Teachers

January 13th, 2009 by flanews

Floridas schools are looking for a few good men, and women. The Department of Education is advertising its Troops to Teachers program on 40 billboards throughout the state. The program helps military veterans transition from the battlefield to the classroom. Thomas Smith, a Master Chief Petty Officer of the US Navy, said teaching will give him the chance to continue his service.

Service to my country means a lot and what Im trying to do is give back a little bit more to a country that has done so much for me and how better to do that than in the classroom, said Smith.

The program offers $5,000 dollar stipends to soldiers trying to get their teaching certificates. It also offers cash incentives for soldiers who take jobs in schools with low income students.

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