The University of Wisconsin-Madison will extend its Wisconsin Teacher Pledge for another year in an aim to address teacher shortages across the state and nation.

The program within the School of Education pays the equivalent of in-state tuition and fees, as well as testing and licensing costs, for all teacher education students who commit to working three or four years at Wisconsin schools.

“There are significant challenges across the field of education, but we’re looking to the future with a sense of optimism,” said Diana Hess, dean at the School of Education, in a statement. “Our Teacher Pledge program holds great potential for the state of Wisconsin. We have to explore solutions quickly.”

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