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Mass. Looking for Star Teachers

The Massachusetts Department of Education this week announced a program to recruit star teachers to work in underperforming schools, according to the Boston Globe. The campaign is believed to be the first-ever recruitment partnership between the department and local school districts.

The effort is targeting thirty-five schools in nine districts have been classified as underperforming. It's still unclear how many open positions will be available at the schools—but at least two of the districts are expected to use a federal turnaround strategy to replace half of the staff at some of their schools.

The state has launched a website, amazingteachers.org, where interested educators can learn about teaching opportunities. The site emphasizes that, in addition to benefiting from greater school resources and more time for professional development and collaboration, teachers in the program would be working alongside standout colleagues as part of a "historic transformation" of struggling schools.

According to The Globe, the school districts involved are creating financial incentives to attract teachers to the positions.

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