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Record Number of Hispanics Join Teach for America

September 17, 2013

Staff Reports --

Teach for America is bringing more than 600 new Hispanic teachers to the nation's classrooms this school year, the largest incoming corps of Hispanic teachers in the organization's history, according to a news release.

The influx represents a threefold increase of the number of Hispanic educators that TFA was providing to schools just five years ago. The new teachers represent 11 percent of the organization's total incoming corps of 6,000, of whom 39 percent identify as people of color.

"I'm inspired by this incredible group of Latinos who are dedicating their talents and energy to giving all kids an equal chance in life," Elisa Villanueva Beard, TFA co-CEO, said in the release. "It is undeniable that teachers who share the backgrounds of the students they teach have the potential to make a profound additional impact with the next generation of Latino leaders."

Hispanics make up about 10 percent of TFA's 11,000 instructors, who teach in 35 states and the District of Columbia. TFA is the country's largest provider of Hispanic teachers, according to the release.

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