contract with Teach for America they said loud and clear they don’t really care
what happens to our poor and African American children because that is who TFA
primarily works with.
class, five percent of the second class and eighteen percent of the third and
fourth classes of TFA teachers remain working for the district, that there were
no apples to apples comparison with how TFA teachers are doing compared to
other first and second year teachers and how TFA exacerbated our teacher
retention problem, the Duval County School board voted to expand their
involvement in the county.
through a five week access course and then puts them in our most neediest
classrooms where they serve two years or the exact opposite of what we know to
be best practices. They aren’t cheap either as the district spends an
additional 5 million (600 thousand of our own dollars and the rest in grants
and donations) dollars on them.
I think the most telling remarks came from school
board chair Becki Couch. She said I am challenging TFA to show improvement because
if in three years (when this new contract is up) they haven’t I imagine having
a very different vote. She chose to accept three years of turnover, mediocrity
and putting our poor and mostly African American students in a hole rather than
redoubling the districts efforts to put professional teachers and lifelong
educators in those classrooms and we wonder why we have problems.