Praise Teach for America for Bay Area Expansion

Target: Wendy Kopp, CEO of Teach For America

Goal: Commend Teach for America for expanding their recruiting efforts throughout low-income schools in the San Francisco Bay area.

Teach for America is a non-profit organization that recruits recent graduates and professionals to teach in low-income schools and fight educational inequity. In fall 2013, Teach for America will bring in several hundred new teachers to low-performing California schools in Oakland, Richmond, San Jose, and San Francisco. We should commend Teach for America for its continuing efforts in giving all students an equal chance to succeed.

Barely 14% of African American men graduated from San Francisco high schools with sufficient credits in 2012. Without these credits, students aren’t able to even apply to a California state university. This is just one of the many startling statistics plaguing the youth of California today. In the nearby city of Richmond, Latino and African American students average the lowest test scores in all of California’s school districts. Middle school and high school dropout rates in San Jose hit over 2,000 every year.

Although Teach for America’s recruiting program currently reaches over 30,000 students in these California cities, there is a definite need for additional aid. These cities depend upon Teach for America to educate the youth from kindergarten through high school graduation. In fact, more than 40% of the faculty at Everett Middle School in San Francisco is made up by Teach for American recruits. That school made a huge jump in test scores last year as a result.

Sign the below petition to commend Teach for America for its continued efforts in the Bay Area and encourage its faculty to eliminate educational inequity one school at a time.

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PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Kopp,

Thank you for leading Teach for America faculty’s in the fight against educational inequity. Without the assistance of Teach for America, the under-performing Bay Area schools would be less likely to prepare their youth for great futures.

I am urging you to provide ongoing financial and community support for the new and returning Teach for America recruits in the year ahead. With your unwavering support, they will have the resources they need to be most effective in the classrooms. Please encourage your recruits to dedicate their teaching careers to the children and school districts who need the most encouragement to succeed.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Heather & Alan Davis

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