Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/05/06/Eliminating_Education_Inequality_Wendy_Kopp Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp reflects on the failures and successes of former President Bush's program No Child Left Behind. She attributes some of the programs's failings to "a lack of commitment at the local level." ----- Wendy Kopp wrote her thesis on the idea of creating a national corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in the neediest communities and become education leaders. This vision has grown into Teach for America, reaching more than 400,000 students this year. Where does education fall on the list of the country's priorities? Kopp provides thoughts on improving early education and expanding learning opportunities for children. - Commonwealth Club of California Wendy Kopp has spent the past 18 years developing the Teach for America corps into a prestigious, highly regarded program that attracts some of the nation's brightest young men and women. Kopp holds honorary doctorate degrees from Mount Holyoke College, Rhodes College, Pace University, Mercy College, Smith College, Princeton University, Connecticut College, and Drew University. She is the author of One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way, and is the youngest person and the first woman to receive Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson Award, the highest honor the school confers on its undergraduate alumni. In 2006, she was named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News and World Report.
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