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Teach for America coming to SC

Apr 28, 2011 10:18:00 AM - thestate.com
Teach for America is expanding to South Carolina during the next school year, bringing 30 top college graduates to teach in rural Pee Dee schools.

The nonprofit organization announced a three-year commitment Thursday to rural districts in northeastern South Carolina. The contract calls for 30 additional Teach for America recruits to be added each year.

The announcement comes four months after the state Education Board approved an alternative teacher certification path designed to allow Teach for America recruits to teach in South Carolina classrooms.

Organizers have raised most of the $3.6 million needed in private donations to jump-start the program.

Investor and philanthropist Darla Moore was behind the effort to bring Teach for America to the state. The Pee Dee native is on Teach for America's national board.