NJ applications to train teachers to teach the American eagle are growing amid shortage

NEW YORK — New Jersey’s application for $100 million in federal funds to train school teachers to help with the American bird’s reintroduction is expected to be approved by the state’s governor Wednesday.

The governor, Chris Christie, will sign the legislation, which will fund a pilot program to train 200 teachers and 300 educators and support more than 4,000 students, at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey, said Assembly Speaker John Wisniewski, R-Wilmington.

More than a dozen states have already applied to receive $100-million in funding, with several states hoping to expand the program.

New Jersey is one of only two states that have not applied.

The program, which was originally created in 1996, is a first step in what will be a yearlong pilot program for educators and educators in the general public.

The money will be earmarked for training teachers, and will go toward training at least 10,000 educators in New Jersey over the next two years.

The state is asking for a one-time $50,000 grant to the New Jersey Education Association and the New York-based Center for American Freedom, and a $50 million loan from the U.S. Department of Education, which is providing the money.

The federal money is meant to supplement funding already available to states to support the American Eagle reintroduction, a federally protected bird.

The birds were brought to New Jersey from Florida in the 1970s and have since made a comeback in New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

They are a federally endangered species and the only native bird in New England.

In February, the New England Regional Center for the Birds announced a $15 million fund for the reintroduction effort.