Rise & Shine: Teach for America Memphis hires school board member as chief of staff

Good Wednesday morning,

A Memphis school board member who has worked for several local education organizations is now coordinating operations at Teach For America, Chalkbeat's Laura Faith Kebede reports.

Miska Clay Bibbs, who was elected to the Shelby County Schools board in 2014, became the chief of staff at Teach For America in Memphis on Monday. She’ll remain on the board.

Bibbs’ new role also introduces potential complications in the board’s dealings with Teach For America, which recruits and trains recent college graduates to teach for at least two years in classrooms that are hard to staff. The district has a $600,000 contract with Teach For America to supply new teachers — a relationship that has drawn criticism from the local teachers unions.

-- Kathryn Palmer, reporter

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