Editorial: Teach for America

Teach for America is the national corps of top recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in public schools.

Teach for America recruits on more than 350 college campuses, seeking seniors and recent graduates from all academic majors and backgrounds who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, perseverance, leadership, and a commitment to expanding opportunity for children in low-income areas.

This school year over 7,300 Teach for America corps members are teaching in 35 regions across America.

We recommend Montgomery be added next year.

We urge the Montgomery School Board to reconsider their decision to vote down the proposal to bring corps members here.

The school system typically hires about 300 new teachers each year and the 5 new teachers this program would add next year and 5 more the following year would not only offer some  expertise to some of our low performing schools, but extensive state of the art teacher development for all teachers in the system.

America's Secretary of Education  says Teach for America is a great pipeline of talent with people of great vision, entrepreneurial spirit and a willingness to innovate.

Let's give our children another resource and bring Teach for America here.