$3M gift will aid New Orleans teaching ranks
NEW ORLEANS - Teach for America, which trains high-achieving college graduates to enter troubled public school classrooms, is getting a $3 million donation to add 510 teachers in the New Orleans area.
The Advocate reports the money will help to more than double the group's presence in New Orleans and boost the ranks of TFA members statewide to 1,035, up from 525.
The contribution, announced this week, is part of a $20 million gift from the Walton Family Foundation, which aids a variety of programs aimed at improving public education.
The two-year investment will support the recruitment, training and professional development of nearly 4,000 first- and second-year teachers in nine cities, including New Orleans.