Spoiler alert Scott Shine is all for Teach for America, a broke clock is more right about education than he is.
It is hard to believe but Teach for America is even worse than I thought it was.
From the Times Union:
There was a rare audience at this special board meeting.
Most were people affiliated with Teach for America. Darryl Willie, executive director of TFA Jacksonville, urged the board to not cut funding for his organization.
A majority of the School Board discussed budget priorities last week and most board members put TFA low on their list.
TFA, a national organization that recruits college students to teach in hard-to-staff schools, has been criticized because many of its teachers leave district classrooms once their two-year commitment ends.
Duval Schools is no exception.
It has spent nearly $5 million since 2008 on TFA, not counting teacher salaries, on the 700 teachers TFA placed in Duval schools; 180 remain, including 120 who are bound by their two-year contracts, Wright and Willie said. About 60 TFA teachers stayed beyond their contracts, but most others became education administrators, charter school teachers or other professionals.
Willie pointed out that 14 percent of Duval’s newly hired science teachers and 12 percent of its new math teachers are TFA placements. TFA has provided 50 new teachers a year in recent years.
“What will you do without those folks?” he asked.
Shine agreed, saying Duval doesn’t have another teacher recruitment strategy to replace TFA.
But Wright said Vitti assured her that Duval will be able to recruit at least 50 teachers a year if TFA’s contract is not renewed.
Only sixty of the first 580 are currently in the district. That’s about 12 percent. How couldn’t we do better than that?
The article also didn’t mention the additional 6.25 million they have received in QEA funds.
Must be nice to work for TFA, you have enough time to go to special board meetings during the day, unlike real teachers.
Willie asked what will we do without these folks? the answer is we will do just fine.