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N.C. grads flock to Teach For America

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DURHAM, N.C. – More than one in 10 Duke University seniors applied for a position with Teach For America, and the nonprofit was the top employer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill among graduating seniors this year.

All told, 150 of North Carolina’s college graduates will be joining Teach for America, which places teachers in under-served rural and urban public schools across the U.S.

At Duke, 11 percent of seniors applied, as did nine percent from Wake Forest University and seven percent from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Throughout the U.S., more than 35,000 graduates from more than 130 schools applied for positions. That’s over five percent of all graduates from those schools, and 11 percent at Ivy League schools.

In the coming school year, Teach For America will place more than 7,300 first- and second-year teachers in 34 regions around the U.S., serving more than 100 school districts.

More than 160 of the organization’s teachers work with a total of almost 9,000 students in the North Carolina counties of Durham, Granville, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Northampton, Vance and Warren.

Bertie and Edgecombe counties will join that list this fall.

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