Education board clears way for Teach for America

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The state Education Board has approved an alternative certification path that allows Teach for America recruits to get jobs in South Carolina classrooms.

The board approved Wednesday a new way for college graduates without an education degree to teach. It came over the objections of teacher groups and college education departments. They wanted the board to block Teach for America graduates from teaching in elementary grades, saying budget cuts mean certified teachers for those grades already can't find work.

The approved guidelines allow up to 30% of jobs filled through Teach for America to be in the early grades.

The nonprofit recruits recent college graduates to struggling schools. It plans to bring 30 teachers to Pee Dee schools next year.

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