Lawmakers Advance Teacher Residency Program

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AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers are advancing a plan to create a residency training program for school teachers.

In a 28-2 vote on Friday, the Senate approved a program similar to medical residencies for doctors. The bill goes to the House, which has passed a similar version.

Arlington Republican Representative Diane Patrick has said her proposal would help prepare teachers to work in poor urban schools. It's modeled on programs in Boston, Memphis and Chicago.

The program would be run through a public university in partnership with a nearby school district. Residents would work with university faculty members and serve as apprentice teachers. They would get stipends and job placement assistance. They would earn master's degrees and certification.

A budget analysis projects the program would cost the state about $1.3 million annually.