Teachers’ unions say Biden’s plan to hire 250,000 tutors supports public schools

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Biden administration’s plan to recruit 250,000 tutors unveiled with the blessing of the country’s two largest teachers’ unions, who believe the effort will lead to a “surge of support” for public schools.

The administration announced the “National Partnership for Student Success” earlier this week, saying it was a necessary effort to help students make up for lost learning caused by school closures in pandemic case.

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The partnership, which says it will “bring together high-quality, committed education, service and youth development organizations” with the aim of recruiting huge numbers of tutors, was announced with the support of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, the two largest teachers’ unions in the United States.

“The National Partnership for Student Success announced … by the Biden administration will strengthen and strengthen our nation’s public schools,” NEA President Becky Pringle said in a press release. “We look forward to working with the Biden administration and other key national stakeholders to implement this initiative and build the wave of support for our public schools across this country.”

Randi Weingarten, president of the AFT, also said her organization was “pleased to support” the administration’s plan to harness “the power and resources of government, youth development and service organizations – to work in tandem with public schools, teachers and school staff, not in competition with them, and to help our students access the tools they need to recover and thrive.”

“Coming out of the pandemic, educators, school staff and parents are working together to meet the heightened needs of children, in the classroom and beyond,” Weingarten said. “That means tutors and mentors, student support and success coordinators, and a village of caring adults to help children’s academic growth, social development and mental health. »

The partnership has pledged to publish “evidence-based quality standards” for the tutors, mentors and student success coaches the program aims to recruit later this year.

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But more details on the program, including whether the additional 250,000 educators will be eligible to join unions, are not available. The program is funded by the US bailout, the coronavirus relief bill passed by Congress at the start of the Biden administration.

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