Fort Worth district to give details of teacher partnership plans today

FORT WORTH -- Administrators are expected to outline plans to bring highly recruited teachers to Fort Worth at tonight's school board meeting.

Last week, Superintendent Melody Johnson announced pending partnerships with Teach for America and the New Teacher Project at her annual state-of-the-district speech to the business community.

The Rainwater Charitable Foundation has earmarked $1.5 million as a lead grant toward the partnership with Teach for America, a corps of college graduates and working professionals who commit to teach for two years in urban or rural public schools.

The New Teacher Project recently received a $20.8 million grant for a teacher training program. Fort Worth is one of six cities nationwide invited to participate.

Any agreement must be approved by the school board, though no vote will be taken tonight.

In other business, trustees are expected to discuss the district's new student information system, called Connects. The district was dealing with numerous scheduling changes long after school started. Officials said then that adjustments to the schedules were taking longer than usual as staff became familiar with the new system.

Eva-Marie Ayala, 817-390-7700