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Teach For America is known for putting teachers into urban core and underprivileged classrooms; its numbers are down, and some critics say there is fire with the smoke.

"As students head back to school in the coming days, the lowest number of new Teach for America (TFA) teachers since the start of the decade will go with them—just 4,100 new “corps members,” down from an incoming group of 6,000 in 2013.

"For the past 25 years, the nonprofit organization has been recruiting young college graduates to spend two years teaching in low-income school districts after participating in a five-week summer training program. TFA’s growth over that period of time has been steady, increasing its operating budget straight through the Great Recession." --Samantha Allen, The Daily Beast


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