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It’s been a rocky first year for the Puget Sound branch of Teach for America, an organization that since 1989 has placed thousands of high-performing recent college graduates without teaching credentials in some of the country’s lowest-performing schools for two-year stints.

Yet school officials in both Seattle and Federal Way say the TFA teachers are succeeding in the classroom, and TFA leaders say they are preparing to expand to three more area districts next year.

Read the complete story from Times reporter Brian M. Rosenthal.

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