Teach for America growing in Baltimore
In Monday's paper, I wrote about Teach for America's plans to expand in Baltimore next school year. What is interesting to me, but didn't make it into the story, is the fact that Maryland has been unable to choose some very highly qualified candidates from top schools in the nation because of its certification requirements. To be certified you have to have six college credits in a range of subjects. So you may have graduated in the top of your class at Harvard, but you won't be able to teach in Baltimore because you didn't take enough math classes.
The state and Teach for America are trying to negotiate a solution to this problem. They may agree to drop the distribution requirements in lieu of a high GPA. We will see.
In the meantime, plenty of applicants have stepped forward to find places in the city schools.
Andres Alonso likes TFA because it provides a lot of bang for the buck. He sees many future leaders in the system coming out of TFA.
What do you all think about the Teach for America expansion?