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Teach for America recruitment drops sharply

New York Teacher

Teach for America may miss its recruitment goal for new “corps members” for the next school year by more than 25 percent, according to officials with the organization.

Matt Kramer and Elisa Villanueva Beard, the group’s co-CEOs, blame the decline in part on “an increasingly polarized public conversation around education” and “polarization around TFA,” as well as on a general decline in interest in teaching and public service by college graduates.

The group’s situation is so serious that it announced on Dec. 12 that it would be closing its New York training site in anticipation of declining numbers.

TFA has been sending teachers into New York City schools for 25 years, but between 2008 and 2010 their numbers dropped by more than half, from 536 to 216. The group placed around 400 teachers in city schools this year.

The Washington Post, Dec. 15
Chalkbeat New York, Dec. 12