10 30 2014
  10:33 am  

Teach for America Program Sees Spike in Participation

More than ever, graduating college seniors are signing up to spend two years in America's poorest communities as part of Teach for America, the nonprofit organization that recruits and trains top college students for teaching jobs.
The group saw applications jump by more than a third this year from about 18,000 to nearly 25,000.
Of those, about 3,700 are expected to step up to the blackboard as new teachers this fall. That's up more than 25 percent from the 2,900 who did so last year.
Several factors appear to be behind the trend....

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After Officers' Acquittal, Sharpton Pledges to 'Shut Down' NYC

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hundreds of angry people marched through Harlem after the Rev. Al Sharpton promised to "close this city down" to protest the acquittals of three police detectives in the 50-shot barrage that killed a groom on his wedding day and wounded two friends.
"We strategically know how to stop the city so people stand still and realize that you do not have the right to shoot down unarmed, innocent civilians," Sharpton told an overflow crowd of several hundred people Saturday at his National Action Network office in the historically black Manhattan neighborhood. "This city is going to deal with the blood of Sean Bell."...

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America Sees Dearth of Black Ceos

Of Fortune 500 companies, only four leaders are African American

It's getting lonelier at the top for Black CEOs. Only four Blacks will be left running Fortune 500 companies after Stan O'Neal's abrupt retirement from the top spot at Merrill Lynch & Co. last week and the announcement Monday from Time Warner Inc.'s Dick Parsons that he will retire at the end of the year. That leaves Aylwin Lewis at Sears Holding Corp., Kenneth Chenault at American ....

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