Diversity grows as applications drop at Teach for America
The number of applicants for Teach for America declined for the second year in a row but the group is the most diverse in the history of the organization, according to a report published Tuesday.
More than 44,000 people applied for the for 2015-2016 school year, compared to 50,000 last year and 57,000 the year before.
This year, nearly half of the applicants identify as people of color, compared with less than 20 percent of teachers nationwide.
About 15 percent of applicants identify as Latino, compared with nearly 8 percent of teachers nationwide.
Additionally, 20 percent identify as African American, 7 percent as multi-ethnic/multi-racial, 6 percent as Asian American or Pacific Islander, and nearly 20 percent as Native American.
“I’m inspired by our incoming corps members, who bring so many different backgrounds and experiences to this effort, and who have chosen to raise their hand to take on one of the greatest acts of leadership anyone can choose to do, which is to teach in our nation’s highest-need communities,” said Elisa Villanueva Beard, co-CEO of Teach For America. “We’ve seen in the history of our nation that the most progress is made when we put the most outstanding and diverse talent our nation has to offer against our biggest problems, and we’re relentlessly focused on that effort.”