Absentee study slams Teach for America

From the Times Union: “It matters because teacher attendance definitely has an
impact on student achievement,” said Nancy Waymack, who helped oversee the
study. “When teachers are absent 10 days, the decrease in student achievement
is the same difference between having a brand new teacher and one with two to
three years experience.”
Hmm, it
seems according to the study experience matters; well you don’t know who has
experience? Teach for America teachers and since most leave after two years
they don’t get the chance to have any. This begs the question that since
experience is so important why is the district insisting on putting hundreds of
TFA recruits in our classrooms. It’s worse to because TFA assures we have an
ever revolving door of teachers.
This is
not rocket science people. If the district wants to be successful it needs to
strive to put professional teachers and teachers who will be more than just two
and done in our classrooms. 
It is almost like we want to do bad.

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