Some 4,500 Teach for America graduates, who studied teaching for five weeks during the summer, will be placed at U.S. schools this year. "I'm ready to go," said one Teach for America graduate, who will teach students with disabilities in Washington, D.C., without the standard special-education credentials. Supporters of the program say it attracts talented young people who might not otherwise consider teaching, while critics say the training does not adequately prepare the graduates to teach specific subject matter or to connect with students.

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