Teach for America recruits top university students to teach in the Bronx

A new program recruits the countrys brightest college students to teach in Bronx schools.

Teach for America recruits from the nations top universities. Currently 600 of those recruits are working in New York City schools. Many of those teachers are sent to the toughest schools in the Bronx.

The program requires a two-year commitment from the teachers. Officials say 60 percent of their recruits stay in education, but many do leave. New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says the school system needs to work on keeping the teachers in the schools.

One criticism of the program is that many new teachers do not have a background in education. Critics say this is why many recruits do not stay past their two-year commitment. MS 118s principal says if given the right support system, the Teach for America recruits are an asset to her school.

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