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$6M from state, gifts to fund 200 teachers

Teach for America to recruit 65 for LR

By Cynthia Howell

This article was published January 28, 2016 at 5:45 a.m.

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Jared Henderson, executive director of Teach for America in Arkansas, announces the $6 million public-private partnership teacher initiative Wednesday in Little Rock. He is joined by Gov. Asa Hutchinson (right) and Little Rock School District Superintendent Baker Kurrus.

Walter E. Hussman Jr. (center), publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, speaks Wednesday along with Jared Henderson (left), executive director of ...

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Teach for America will increase its teacher numbers in Arkansas by more than 200 and expand the districts it serves to include the Little Rock School District with $6 million from the state and private donors, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday.

Walter E. Hussman Jr. (center), publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, speaks Wednesday along with Jared Henderson (left), executive director of ...

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PopulistMom says... January 28, 2016 at 7:30 a.m.

The Teach for America program is fabulous. Thanks to Asa, Walter Hussman, and Haskell Dickinson for the funding of this important program.

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LR1955 says... January 28, 2016 at 8:25 a.m.

Even though I have teacher friends (and family members) that are not happy with this decision, it seems to me like a good plan. There are lots of smart college grads having difficulty finding a job in their field of study and this is a way to give them a new direction. I hope we get some good people and they stick around. Our kids & schools need all the help they can get.

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NoUserName says... January 28, 2016 at 8:39 a.m.

John Walker lawsuit in three, two, one...

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KMS says... January 28, 2016 at 11:27 a.m.

So y'all think someone coming in for 2 years, leaving to get a job in their actual field is a good idea? This is all to bust the unions and to further denigrate Education, which needs to be supported as fully as "coding." The State hasn't funded its educational programs or change them each and every year, chase off the good teachers because they can't make a dime teaching, so now they get the robber-barons of the 21st century to remake schools in Their eyes. It's all well and good until someone actually wants to get paid. TFA teachers are no better and are often worse for a school district because they do not stay. They have no skin in the game, i.e., they aren't from the area, don't plan on staying in the area and leave little Johnny/Jane to the next round of teachers who don't plan on staying either. What children need are continuity not complete strangers coming in for a year or two and then taking off, not caring what actually happens to child, much less what effect they had on their academic achievement. If the TFA teachers are all that, why hasn't the Delta area schools not risen in the ranks? They are right where they have always been, towards the bottom, in distress AGAIN, all to save from having to pay actual teachers a dime more in living wages. This is another smoke and mirrors program that millionaires and billionaires use to get their grubby little hand on taxpayer money. Do some actual research on TFA and you'll find that they aren't what they are lauded to be.

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Dontsufferfools says... January 28, 2016 at 1:13 p.m.

I would gently criticize the comments by Sen. Elliott. Improving education in the Delta is the best way to improve the economy. Improving the economy from the state down is unwieldy, at best. Take the Big River Steel mill. Arkansas has invested a whopping $120 million in one project to create a couple of hundred jobs in one town. Various governors have probably done untold undignified things to attract an auto plant to Arkansas, only to lose out to Mississippi and Texas. How many times can the state upend its coffers in this way? However, produce high school students who can compete in college, and some will return and improve their towns.

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jw91356 says... January 28, 2016 at 1:22 p.m.

I would like too know how much does it take to BUY$$$ Asa. This is wasted tax payers money and a slap to any teacher that's bust their ass to receive their degree in education. Asa I am ashamed to say I voted for you!!!!! That will never happen again.
You may think this sounds good. In reality this program has not improved the districts they have come in to. If anything they have set the district back.. This will not improve our children education. They have not been successful in any other state. Just ask NLR School district.
Mr Editor why doesn't your paper do a little checking. Asa's hand picked Lawyer "superintendent" has absolutely done zero to improve the LR Schools. Unless you call having 174 test in a 178 class room days per year.
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE A TEST EVERY DAY IN SCHOOL.
THIS Is nothing but non educators trying to the job of educators. Take the same 6 Million and invest in the teachers and resources for the kids. New tablets better environment etc.
Asa and you mr editor are idiots or pupits for Walton foundation.

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EDENFIVETOO says... January 28, 2016 at 8:54 p.m.

$6 million for 200 teachers is $30,000 per teacher trained. Lottery scholars get $14,000 for 4 years and they have to keep a B average.
Is that a wise use of taxpayers money?

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