Pittsburgh school board scraps ‘Teach for America’ plan

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – New members of the Pittsburgh public school board have scrapped a plan to bring in teachers under the federal Teach for America program for hard-to-fill positions at city schools.

The board voted 6-2 with one abstention to rescind a $750,000 contract to hire up to 30 recruits a year for three years.

Nonprofit Teach For America trains college graduates and professionals to take hard-to-fill positions at urban and rural schools. They would have taught subjects such as middle and high school math, science, socials studies and foreign languages.

New member Sylvia Wilson, a former teacher and Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers official, said she didn’t see the need for the program.

Superintendent Linda Lane, who supported the idea, said it wasn’t the district’s “overall strategy” to bring teachers to Pittsburgh.

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