Advocacy group offers help to Urban Teaching Academy students
An education advocacy group is looking for students affected by troubles in the Hillsborough district’s Urban Teaching Academy.
The Brink Foundation has set aside $25,000 for participants who are graduating with at least a 2.5 grade-point average and have been accepted at public Florida colleges or universities. The students also are asked to write essays on how they were affected by funding problems in the magnet school program at Blake, Middleton and Hillsborough high schools.
The teaching program promised college tuition and book funds to students who finished successfully and agreed to return to the Hillsborough district and teach at urban schools. Fundraising for the scholarships did not happen as expected, and the district is now working with the Hillsborough Education Foundation to raise the money.
Launched in 2008, the Westchase-based Brink Foundation provides advocacy for communities traditionally under-served by public education. For more information, email Jose@brinkfoundation.or or visit www.brinkfoundation.org.