ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Teach For America-St. Louis, a non-profit organization that works to reduce the academic achievement gap between children in low-income communities and their peers in more affluent areas, will receive $212,894 in Youth Opportunities Program tax credits.
Governor Jay Nixon made the announcement Wednesday after monitoring classes at Soldan High School, which participates in the Teach For America program.
“Too often, children growing up in poverty are behind other children academically by several years,” Governor Nixon said. “Teach For America helps address those inequities by providing carefully selected and trained college graduates to teach for at least two years in high-need schools.”
During the 2009-2010 academic year, nearly 8,000 St. Louis area students supported by Teach For America achieved between one and four years’ worth of academic growth, exceeding the average academic growth of a half-year or less for high-risk students in the St. Louis area.
Soldan High School, where Gov. Nixon made the announcement, has six current members and two alumni of the Teach For America program on its faculty.
“Our corps members and alumni are dedicated to working for students growing up in St. Louis’ low-income communities, ensuring that those students have access to the educational opportunities they deserve,” said Scott Baier, Teach For America-St. Louis executive director. “We appreciate all that the state of MIssouri is providing to support educational excellence for our region’s children.”
The state tax credits will help support training for corps members and critical operational expenses.
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