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Opening Ceremonies for Indianapolis Chapter of Teach for America to be at Marian College - 6/2/2008

On June 10, 2008, 50 recent college graduates who have committed to be Teach for America teachers will be on the Marian College campus from 4-6 p.m. for an event in the Ruth Lilly Student Center commemorating the next phase of their commitment.

The 50 recent college graduates will begin taking classes at Marian College this summer to prepare for their new roles as teachers in Indianapolis Public Schools. This will be the first group of Teach for America recruits to teach in Indianapolis. More than a dozen will teach math and science.

Teach for America is a national corps of outstanding college graduates who commit two years to teaching in low-income urban and rural communities. Since its conception in 1990, 17,000 individuals have participated in Teach for America, impacting more than 2.5 million students. The organization is currently active in 1,000 schools in 26 regions across the country. In September 2007, Teach for America announced that it would be expanding to Indianapolis through a partnership with IPS. Teach for America will provide a valuable resource for low-performing Indianapolis schools.

An April report, Cities in Crisis, by non-profit agency America’s Promise Alliance revealed Indianapolis has the second-lowest graduation rate among the nation’s 50 largest cities. According to the report, less than one-third of IPS students graduate from high school. The partnership seeks to help raise graduation rates by bringing motivating and talented leaders to the school system.

Indianapolis congressman André Carson, mayor Gregory Ballard, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) superintendent Dr. Eugene White, and Marian College president Daniel J. Elsener have been invited to speak at the event. Members of the Marian College Board of Trustees, the board of IPS, and others will attend.