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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pittsburgh School Board Reconsiders TFA Deal As Real Teachers File for Unemployment

From the Post-Gazette:
The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools heard from a dozen people Monday -- most of them teachers -- who oppose the district's plan to bring in Teach for America teachers to take hard-to-fill jobs at its most challenging schools.
The outgoing school board voted 6-3 in November to approve a contract with Teach for America, despite a petition that asked them to defer the decision to the new board -- with four new members -- that took office early this month.
During a presentation last week by a Teach for America representative, several board members challenged the rationale for bringing in the organization. Board members have hinted they may bring the issue up for a vote again.
At Monday's public hearing, speakers urged that the contract approval be reversed. . . . 

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