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New program helps refugees become Georgia teachers

A new partnership between a refugee support nonprofit and International Community School in Decatur is aimed at getting women who have emigrated to the area from abroad into the classroom as teachers.  The partnership between Refugee Women’s Network and the school provides the aspiring educators with a salary while they work as teaching assistants and covers costs for childcare, their schooling and state testing.   

“When our community is empowered to provide for their families, to become productive members of society, everyone wins,” international community School’s Fran Carroll said. “Our children are winning. Our school is winning. And hopefully, this is going to help fill the gap in just teacher shortages that we’re seeing across the state.” 

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