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McDonnell Pushes Teach For America Program In Virginia

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Gov. Bob McDonnell says that he will ask the General Assembly to pass legislation bringing the Teach for America program to Virginia's public schools starting this fall. His intention is to place young teachers in hard-to-staff schools.

The nonprofit program is a sort of Peace Corps for education. College graduates in fields other than education agree to teach in struggling schools for two years before moving on to other careers.

McDonnell says the program has helped close the so-called "achievement gap" between students of different ethnic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds in other states.

The governor announced several other education proposals. One would change school accountability report cards to an easy-to-understand A to F grading system. Another would give schools more staffing flexibility.

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