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Teach for America in Arizona getting $2 million in stimulus aid

Published: Feb. 12, 2010 at 12:40 PM MST|Updated: Feb. 17, 2010 at 12:38 AM MST
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By Julie Steigerwald - email

PHOENIX, AZ (KOLD) - Arizona governor Jan Brewer announced Thursday $2 million in stimulus funding will go to Teach for America.  The money comes from the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) Government Services Fund, granted through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

"I am pleased to announce the award of $2 million of my discretionary funds to Teach For America," said Governor Brewer.  "Teach For America is an organization that has helped recruit, train, and support thousands of teachers for schools in low income communities.  With continued advocacy and support, Teach For America will maintain its mission to end educational inequity and provide all children with the opportunity to attain an excellent education."

Teach for America (TFA) will use the $2 million to expand its program.  That includes bringing in as many as 200 new corps members and increasing the number of students growing up in low-income communities from 20,000 to 25,000.

In the past, TFA has also been able to gather private donations following declarations of state funding.

For more information on Teach for America in Arizona, you can visit their website at http://www.teachforamerica.org/about/regions/phoenix.htm

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