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Hillsborough district, teacher group team with voucher organization for training

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August

Here's a collaboration you might not have expected.

Step Up For Students, which oversees Florida's corporate tax credit scholarship program (vouchers to some of you), has joined forces with the Hillsborough school district and the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association to improve the training of teachers at the private schools where voucher students end up.

Step Up For Students plans to provide at least $100,000 to help create professional development modules for those teachers.

Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia said in a release that the partnership makes sense for the community. “Ultimately, we all want to help teachers get better, wherever they’re teaching our kids,” Elia said.

HCTA president Jean Clements agreed. “This is not a competition. It’s about all of us doing our best to help children who come from very difficult circumstances. I can’t ignore the legitimate needs these children have.”

How's that for commitment to school choice?

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:31am]

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