ATLANTA (AP) - Teach For America, the education organization that sends recent college graduates to teach in low-income schools, is getting $100 million for an endowment aimed at making it a permanent fixture in education.
The program is now in communities from Atlanta to rural New Mexico to Los Angeles. Last year it had more than 46,000 applications for just 4,400 teaching slots this academic year.
The money is coming from the Eli and Edy the Broad Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Robertson Foundation and philanthropists Steve and Sue Mandel.
Teachers' unions and other opponents argue that Teach For America puts inexperienced 20-somethings into classrooms with just five weeks of training.
Teach For America: http://www.teachforamerica.org/
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