Could ‘Teach for America’ help Richmond schools?

Posted at 11:54 PM, Oct 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-11 07:14:40-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Teach for America corps members could be coming to Richmond Public Schools.

The organization targets at risk school districts and selectively recruits applicants at over 300 colleges across the country to find teaches who demonstrate certain leadership skills.

"I think TFA and Richmond would be a good match," Richmond school board member Kristen Larson said.

The board was given a presentation Monday night about the program. It would cost around $100,000 and would bring in 30 new teachers into the school system.

Kim Cobbs, a Richmond parent, told CBS 6 she's leaving the city partly because of the school system. She said there needs to be some change, and Teach for America could help bring something new to the table.

"It would show me that something is being done. Some action is being taken," said Cobbs.

However, school board member, Shonda Harris-Muhammad told CBS 6 she'd like to use that money to invest in their own teachers. With TFA being a two year minimum, she also said she has concerns that the school would be in the same situation in a few years.

Luke Neal, a teacher at MLK worked in Charlotte before coming to Richmond. He said he worked alongside TFA corps members.

"They were very hard working and were really enthusiastic. They kind of ignited a fire in the rest of the staff," said Neal.

And while she won't be a RPS parent for too much longer, Cobbs told CBS 6 if she would have known about the possibility of Teach for America, she just might have stayed in Richmond.