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ExxonMobil foundation has announced a US$ 500 000 grant to Teach for America to help improve maths and science education for more than 25 000 students from low income communities in Dallas, Houston, South Louisiana and Washington DC.

The grant will enable Teach For America to recruit approximately 400 new maths and science teachers from top colleges and provide intensive training and career development to enhance high quality classroom instruction. These teachers still work in urban and rural school districts with significant numbers of students from low income backgrounds.

‘We are committed to increasing the number of students who are prepared to compete in today’s global economy,’ said Suzanne McCarron, president of the ExxonMobil Foundation. ‘Teach For America teachers make a significant impact by building core competencies in maths and science, which are so critical for our youth.’

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, even though maths achievement scores are improving, the gap between low and high income students has remained nearly constant during the past decade. The ExxonMobil Foundation grant extends a 17 year partnership with Teach For America and enables improved education for students from low income families.

‘The students of today are the scientists and engineers of tomorrow, and they look to committed and knowledgeable teachers to lead the way,’ said Wendy Kopp, founder and chief executive officer of Teach For America. ‘ExxonMobil’s partnership over the years has been essential to our work to bring more of these teachers to our nation’s urban and rural classrooms, and to develop the leadership of Teach For America alumni in the effort to improve maths and science education.’

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