ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Education has awarded the first teacher recruitment tax credits to 69 teachers across the state.
The General Assembly voted unanimously last year to create the tax credit to encourage teachers to practice their profession in rural and underperforming schools.
Each teacher selected for the program will receive a $3,000 credit on their income taxes each year for five consecutive school years.
“The single most important thing we can do to improve student success is invest in our educators,” Public School Superintendent Richard Woods said this week.
“This tax credit gives Georgia one more way to recruit and retain great teachers in our public school classrooms.”
Eligible teachers were those recently hired to teach a high-needs subject at one of the 100 participating schools.
High-need subjects are defined at the regional level by Georgia’s Regional Educational Services Agencies (RESAs).
The tax credit claims were released in February. Another round of nominations will take place next spring.
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