A group of new teachers from the nonprofit Teach for America made a noticeable difference in their first year at a struggling Tulsa, Okla., middle school, administrators said. "It really has been a really good experience to have teachers who really want to be in a high-poverty school," the school's principal said. "They have been very enthusiastic and very willing to do whatever they can to make our students successful. Once these students saw that these teachers were in it for the long haul, the kids started to trust that."

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