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New York Announces Teacher-Bonus, -Mentoring Program in Science and Math

About 250 math and science teachers in New York will be eligible for $15,000 in extra pay in exchange for mentoring new colleagues under a newly announced New York program.

Unveiled May 20 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, the program will pay each participating secondary math and science teacher a total of $60,000 over four years. They will be trained in State University of New York education schools on how to mentor novices and teacher-candidates.

Interested teachers must submit applications in order to be chosen. To be eligible, such teachers also have to have at least four years of experience, spend the bulk of their time teaching math and science, and earn a "highly effective" score on their 2012-13 teacher evaluation, the Albany Democrat and Chronicle reports.

The $11 million initiative was included in the state's 2013-14 budget.

At first, the "Master Teacher Program" will be limited to teachers in the regions of North County, Mid-Hudson, and central and western New York, but it's supposed to go statewide in 2014-15.

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