Friday, July 12, 2013

Get Rid of TFA

There is no reason for the outfit to exist except to rip off taxpayer money. There is no shortage of teachers anywhere in the country, and the whole idea of temporaries infiltrating "at-risk" schools is racist and classist.

One way to get rid of it is to pressure the federal government to no longer allow it to be part of the AmeriCorps program.

From the article:

The Chicago summit builds on the gamut of student, teacher, and community resistance to TFA-aligned reform, including recent, successful pushback against TFA itself. In May, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton vetoed $1.5 million in funding for the organization, citing TFA’s already-loaded coffers. Three weeks later, the state’s Board of Teaching voted to deny TFA a group-based licensing variance, an extra hurdle for corps members to be allowed to teach. In April, prominent alumni played a key role in getting the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to tighten the training requirements for teachers of English language learners—which will directly impact corps members.

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