Two new high school teachers will begin classes in Atlanta’s Fulton County on Tuesday after a pilot program was launched last week that will allow schools to open with classes starting at 7:30 a.m.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the district says the school district has already exceeded its goal of having a full-time, full-year teacher for every student by June 30.
The pilot program has already drawn praise from some of the district’s principals and principals have been asked to sign on as co-principals.
The school district says it will begin accepting applications on March 1 and that it will allow the schools to hire up to 10 additional teachers per year, starting with the elementary school in April.
One of the students who is eligible to join the school’s new class is 7-year-old Connor, who is the first in his family to attend the district.
Connor says he has to wait until he is about 6 years old to begin lessons.
“I think we’ll start seeing teachers come in and start teaching in the fall,” he said.
“But I really want to be able to learn and work with these teachers and see them for how they treat me and treat the other kids.”