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35,000 college seniors apply to teach in low-achieving schools

Source: mercurynews.com Posted By: pilot008 3539 days ago

Facing the tightest job market in a generation, thousands of elite members of the class of 2009 are competing for a chance to head off to the nation's most troubled schools to work exhausting hours for as little as $27,000 a year.

Instead of becoming doctors, economists or attorneys, they're hoping to join Teach For America, a Peace Corps-like program that aims to eliminate educational inequity. Applications have surged an astounding 42 percent for the coming school year.

In 2008, the inde

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