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Illinois among the top ten contributors to Teach For America
September 5, 2012 -- Teach For America has released its fifth annual ranking of the schools contributing the greatest number of graduating seniors to its teaching corps, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is among the top 10 large colleges and universities.
For the past five years, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has ranked among the top contributing colleges and universities of its size. This year it ranks ninth, tying with Cornell University and contributing 59 graduates to the entering corps. Four percent of Illinois’ graduating seniors applied to Teach For America. Throughout Teach For America’s 22-year history, 404 Illinois alumni have taught as corps members.
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. This fall, more than 10,000 corps members will be teaching in 46 urban and rural regions across the country, while nearly 28,000 alumni are working across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education.