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Q&A: Teach for America's Wendy Kopp

Q&A: Teach for America's Wendy Kopp
Photograph by J Pat Carter/AP Photo

Wendy Kopp first came up with the idea for a national teacher corps when she was a student at Princeton, spurred by a deep-seated concern about inequality in the U.S. education system. She completed her senior thesis on the topic in 1989 and a year later turned the proposal into Teach for America, an organization that recruits college and graduate students to teach in the nation’s most poorly performing urban and rural school districts.