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05-19-2011, 09:25 AM
From NY Daily News (http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/05/19/2011-05-19_amid_threat_of_layoffs_city_is____recruiting_50 0_new_teachers.html) by Rachel Monahan:
Even as the threat of thousands of teacher layoffs looms, the city is preparing to hire 500 new ones for next fall, officials said.

Critics wonder why the city has accepted the new recruits - 400 from New York City Teaching Fellows and 100 from Teach for America - to work in shortage areas like special education instead of retraining teachers on the payroll.

"It's mind-boggling that they're hiring when I may lose my job," said Marquis Harrison, 25, who started in the city schools with Teach for America nearly three years ago.

Harrison had been headed to law school until his older brother, a teacher, died tragically in a car crash. Hearing his brother's students speak at the funeral inspired the Manhattan Center for Science and Math graduate to return to Harlem, where he has taught eighth-grade social studies at Frederick Douglass Academy, he said.

"I thought about myself going to get my license in special ed. If the city offered [training], I would welcome that," he said.

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