Fri., June 10, 2011 3:22pm (EDT)

Teachers Compete For Jobs
By Noel Brown
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
A national education non-profit is sending hundreds of teachers to metro Atlanta public schools. Local educators say those jobs should go to Georgians. (GPB image))
A national education non-profit is sending hundreds of teachers to metro Atlanta public schools. Local educators say those jobs should go to Georgians. (GPB image))
Teach for America sends recent college graduates to teach in low-income communities across the country.

The group plans to send 300 teachers to Cobb, Gwinnett, Clayton, Fulton and Dekalb counties this fall. They will teach everything from pre-k through 12th grade and stay on for at least 2 years.

Calvine Rollins is the president of the Georgia Association of Educators. She says the program is generally a good thing but worries some more needy candidates might be losing out on the jobs:

"Georgia does need more teachers because of the increase in class sizes however I believe that preference should be given to the great teachers that have been riffed or laid off due to the economy and budget cuts in some districts."

Teach for America's Atlanta director Kwame Griffith says there’s an impending teacher shortage because schools that have slashed teachers due to budget cuts will need them again when the economy recovers. He says there are more than enough jobs for everyone:

"There are a number of open positions in school districts and, in fact, Teach for America alone isn’t even enough to cover all the open positions. There are still vacant positions that exist today so were are just one source of talented teachers that do incredible work with kids."

Teach for America will place more than 9,000 teachers in districts across the country.