Some struggling Charleston County schools will be staffed with more recruits from the national Teach for America program starting this fall.

The county school board agreed unanimously to expand the program in Charleston by up to 45 teachers. Teach for America is a nonprofit that recruits ambitious college graduates, trains them to be teachers and places them in high-need schools.

Corps members with Teach for America make a two-year committment to the program. Eleven county schools have 29 corps members this year, and it’s costing the district $240,000 for two years.

To expand the program by 45 teachers, the district will pay up to $360,000 more during the next two years. The district pays Teach for America $4,000 per teacher annually to cover recruitment costs. The district also pays teachers’ salaries and benefits.

“I think it’s exciting to be a part of this,” School Superintendent Nancy McGinley told the school board. “It’s one of our multiple strategies to improve teacher quality, but it’s an important one.”

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