That is because I believe the fix is in.
I talked to another teacher of the year finalist a few months back and they warned me that the fix was in. They told me they had no doubt the Teach for America finalist would win. This was last year when they spoke to me.
Is it a coincidence that DCPS is phasing out Teach for America, Trey Csar is a Teacher for America alumni and then a Teach for America teacher wins teacher of the year over teachers that have toiled for a lot longer and who are just as impressive? Maybe but I think not. Rather I think this is a self serving attempt to justify the program. A hail marry to resurrect the program just as more and more people are realizing it’s not what we should be putting our limited resources into.
Teach for America is an expensive program, that exacerbates teacher turnover, that we know gives our most neediest children the opposite of what the need, and despite all that it has been embraced by the city’s elite and its shameful.
Look, I get it, this is probably going to be an unpopular stance. I just want to emphasize this is not a dig at Stephanie Bellimo, instead it’s an indictment of a group of people who care more about protecting their turf rather than doing what is best for our children.