Teach for America Cleared to Come to Ohio

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A bill signed today by Governor John Kasich will allow Teach for America to finally come to the Buckeye State.

If you've ever wondered why the bright, talented, young folks who join Teach for America don't end up in Ohio, it's been because they couldn't — "certification barriers" existed that prevented the program from working with low-income areas in the state, according to the AP. Ohio has just as many backward, underfunded, badly managed schools as there are in... say... rural Appalachia, it's just that Ohio also had obstacles blocking Teach for America from helping.

That changes now.

The measure will allow the State Board of Education to issue resident educator licenses to program participants assigned to Ohio. It also will require Teach For America to enter into agreements with colleges to allow participants to complete an optional master’s degree.

Rebecca Neale says the program can now start talking to communities about a possible arrival in Ohio during the 2012-13 school year.

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