Some Ivy League Grads Seek Teaching Jobs over Law School
Some Ivy League college seniors are finding it more difficult to get a job with Teach for America than winning admission to law or grad school.
A record 46,359 people applied for 4,500 jobs in public schools in high-poverty areas through the program, an increase in applicants of 32 percent, the New York Times reports. Harvard graduate Alneada Biggers landed a job with Teach for America, but she told the newspaper she knows of a dozen or more friends from the school who didn’t.
Biggers says one of her friends who got rejected had to “settle” for the University of Virginia Law School instead. Biggers also applied to law school and was admitted at Harvard and Vanderbilt, the story says. She plans to go to law school after she finishes her stint teaching elementary school in Houston.
Those who are accepted into the teaching program are guaranteed a job for two years, and earn the same amount as a beginning teacher in the district where they are placed.