South Dakota lawmakers are set to consider whether the state should offer scholarships to teachers in "critical" subjects.
The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to have a hearing Tuesday on the matter. The proposal would give scholarships to college students who agree to teach in critically needed subjects for at least five years after graduation.
A new state board would determine which subjects are in critical need of teachers, but officials have said South Dakota needs to attract more college graduates into teaching math and science.
The scholarships would help pay for tuition and fees for the final two years of college for students preparing for teaching careers.
General state tax revenue would be used to set up a trust fund that would finance the scholarships.