Applications soar at Teach for America
Teach for America this year selected 4,500 people for teaching jobs at high-poverty public schools from a record 46,359 applicants, up 32 percent from 2009, with the nonprofit hiring more seniors than any other employer at colleges like Yale, Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and 293 Harvard seniors applying, or 18 percent of the class, up from 100 in 2007, The New York Times reported July 11 (see Teach for America story).
Schools adopting Gates Foundation agenda
States throughout the U.S. are embracing voluntary national standards for English and math, while public schools are paying teachers based on student performance, reflecting an agenda pushed in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which in the past 2½ years has pledged over $650 million to schools, public agencies and other groups that buy into its top education priorities, the Washington Post reported July 12 (see Gates Foundation story).
YMCA downsizes brand to ‘the Y’
Long known as the YMCA, the Young Men’s Christian Association is changing its nickname to “the Y,” a new brand that aims to be warmer, more genuine and more welcoming, The New York Times reported July 11 (see Y name change story).