The hiring of 190 new teachers with no classroom experience for Memphis, Tenn., schools is the focus of debate among those who are questioning why roughly 100 experienced district teachers were not among those offered jobs. As part of its bid for $90 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve teacher effectiveness, the district agreed to hire between 30% and 35% of its teachers from high-quality, alternative programs such as Teach for America. District officials have pledged to find placements for any highly qualified teachers not offered positions.

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