The Teacher Assistants to Teachers Tuition Reimbursement Pilot Program (TAs to Teachers) was established in the 2016-17 fiscal year for select local school administrative units to assist teacher assistants who want to pursue a college degree that will result in teacher licensure. Tuition assistance awards under the program may be provided for part-time or full-time coursework. Each local board of education in the pilot program may grant a teacher assistant academic leave to pursue coursework that may only be taken during working hours. Additionally, each local board of education participating in the pilot program may select up to five teacher assistants to receive an award of up to four thousand six hundred dollars ($4,600) per academic year for a period of up to four years to be used towards the cost of tuition and fees.
A teacher assistant receiving an award under the program shall fulfill the student teaching requirements of an educator preparation program by working in the teacher assistant' employing local school administrative unit. A teacher assistant may continue to receive salary and benefits while student teaching in the local school administrative unit in accordance G.S. 115C-269.30(c). The local board of education shall set criteria for the application and selection of teacher assistants to receive tuition assistance awards. The local boards of education participating in the pilot program shall report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by September 1 of each year on the results of the pilot program.