UNM drops stipend program for teacher mentors to cut costs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The budget crisis has forced the University of New Mexico to halt stipend program for teachers who host student teachers in their classrooms.

The stipend program offers teachers $50 or $100 each to help mentor and prepare UNM students pursuing careers in education.

State law requires student teaching experience in order to get a teaching license.

The dean of the College of Education says the decision to cut the payments comes as UNM faces a major budget shortfall and the only way to continue would have been to raise student fees.

The program costs the school less than $10,000 per year.

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