Relentless Pursuit

A Year in the Trenches with Teach for America

By Donna Foote
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307278234, 338pp.)

Publication Date: March 10, 2009

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Description

When Locke High School opened its doors in 1967, the residents of Watts celebrated it as a sign of the changes promised by Los Angeles. But four decades later, first-year Teach for America recruits Rachelle, Phillip, Hrag, and Taylor are greeted by a school that looks more like a prison, with bars, padlocks, and chains all over.

With little training and experience, these four will be asked to produce academic gains in students who are among the most disadvantaged in the country. Relentless Pursuit lays bare the experiences of these four teachers to evaluate the strengths and peculiarities of Teach for America and a social reality that has become inescapable.




About the Author
"Donna Foote" is a freelance journalist and former "Newsweek" correspondent. She lives in Manhattan Beach, California, with her husband and fourteen-year-old son.
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