New Teacher Program Losing Funding

Edited by: Caitlyn Jones

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Updated: 5/10/2013 2:57 pm
        The newest group of men and women shaping the minds of Hamilton County's kids say it's been a whirlwind of a first year.
        "First year teaching has been full of emotions , happy, sad, anxious, nervous, everything you could possibly think of," said Lori Purple.
        This is the third year the County's first year teachers have gone through a program to help them along the way.
        "We needed to not just make teachers great, we wanted our teachers to stay in Hamilton County if they're good," said Director Clara Sale-Davis.
        Each of the 73 participants had a mentor and got to network with other new teachers each month.
        "We got so many resources and they have so many speakers come in who helped us with different things," said teacher Misty Coffee
        The program was receiving funding through the Benwood Foundation, Public Education Foundation, and Hamilton County Department of Education, but because of budget cuts the program doesn't have the money to go on in the future.
        So no plans are in the making for next years teachers.
       "It would be a travesty, but I believe in miracles and I think maybe somehow sometime we can find some merit and fund it," said Sale-Davis.


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