The TFA/Apple connection? Steve Jobs wife is on the TFA board.
TFA has a new website and boy, is it interesting.
- New mission statement: Teach for America is growing the movement of leaders who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education.You'll note it says nothing about teachers. You'll note that it says nothing about shortages or filling gaps.
- There have this at their Mission page: We can provide an excellent education for kids in low-income communities. Students in New Orleans have made major gains since 2000 with students scoring basic or above on statewide tests. This is great news but it implies that the gains have been made by TFA recruits. Many recruits teach in New Orleans but they are not the majority of teachers there. It's hard to understand why they put that on this page except to imply that TFA was the difference in test scores. Somewhat disingenuous on their part but TFA uses the stats they like and ignore the rest.
- Under Business & Finance, Deloitte "Two-year deferrals for students who receive full-time offers from specific business areas at Deloitte and are also accepted into Teach For America. Deloitte recruits Teach For America corps members for full-time opportunities." Harvard Business school -" Two-year deferral for students who are admitted to the program and choose to join Teach For America." Google -"Two-year deferrals for students who receive job offers from Google and are also accepted into Teach For America. Google mentor for corps members during their two year corps experience. Google will consider Teach For America corps members for full time opportunities." There were at least 25 companies and schools.
- Under Law, Georgetown -"two-year deferral for students and consideration of application fee waiver." (Georgetown's admissions page says this, "Georgetown Law does grant need-based fee waivers on a case-by-case basis." Northwestern - "two year deferral and waives application fee for both corps members and alumni." There were at least 25 law schools.
- Under Medicine - Cornell, Duke, Ohio State, Stanford and many others offer two-year deferral. There were at least 25 school listed.
- Under Policy - Brown offers two-year deferral, waives application fee AND provides up to a 25% tuition discount to TFA alumni AND priority paid research assistantship consideration. Cornell Institute in Public Affairs School - application fee waivers and a minimum of $18k tuition fellowship (50% tuition) for admitted alumni.
- Under Science, all the institutions offer the two-year deferral and no more. Some irony in this demand for math and science and yet those math/science majors wouldn't get as many benefits as say the public policy majors.