Nonprofit to help recruit teachers

The mayor's school-reform effort has hired a New York City-based nonprofit to attract teachers to schools under its supervision.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Wednesday that the New Teacher Project would oversee recruiting as well as the task of training school committees to evaluate potential hires.

"We are looking for enthusiastic, qualified teachers to join us in tackling the challenge of reforming our toughest schools," Villaraigosa said.

The contract to bring in an estimated 125 teachers to the 10 campuses the mayor will oversee will cost about $170,000, said Marshall Tuck, chief executive of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. No current teachers will be forced to leave, but Tuck said he expects a turnover rate of nearly 15%.

-- Howard Blume

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