Daryl Willie only gives part of the picture about Teach for America

 Darryl Willie, executive director of Teach for America
Jacksonville recent letter to the editor about the benefits of the organization was chalk
full of platitudes but very light on details and gave a misleading picture of
the organization.

Teach for America exacerbates
the teacher retention problem and please don’t take my word for it ask the
district what they have to say. The vast majority of Teach for America teachers
haven’t stayed past their two-year commitment assuring they have to be replaced
at a higher rate than other teachers.
Teach for America is incredibly
expensive. the Quality Education for All initiative sent Darryl Willie’s office
five million dollars last summer, money that will never see the inside of a
class room. Then there are the millions that DCPS has paid in finder’s fees and
additional training, because new teachers require more training than veteran
teachers, over the years.
Teach for America is not fair.
If you are a TFA teacher after your two years are up, you get about six
thousand dollars to pay off student loans or for grad school. If you are an
education major at UNF after your first two years are up, you get a
“thanks for coming.”   
Teach for America does the
exact opposite of what our most vulnerable children need. It assures an ever-revolving
door of novice teachers are in our neediest schools, when those schools need
veteran teachers who know what they are doing and stability.
Finally, Mr. Willie mentioned
the latest teacher of the year, 
Stephanie Bellino, is a TFA alum and I am sure she is a fine
teacher. Though I think this third-year teacher’s win has as much to do with the
fact the president of the organization who picks the teacher of the year, Trey
Csar of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, is a TFA alum too. 
Some people may like Teach for
America and I make no judgement about the quality of the people they send to
our classrooms. Anybody who shows up whether it be from TFA or a more
traditional avenue deserves our respect. That being said, our children deserve professional
teachers who will stay longer than two years in our classrooms.
Chris Guerrieri
School Teacher

One Reply to “Daryl Willie only gives part of the picture about Teach for America”

  1. It's no wonder how fearless is the author of this blogpost. I'm shocked to know what sadly going on under the table of politics.

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