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Posted by madfloridian in General Discussion
Fri May 25th 2012, 01:47 AM
This is from the blog of a TFAer who got his start in that program years ago. He often now calls out the group for what it has become.

Toto, we’re not in Kansas City anymore — because we were fired.

In Kansas City, they fired about 200 experienced teachers last year to make room for new TFA recruits. The superintendent who made this decision, John Covington, resigned in August to take a job leading Detroit’s school system. Left behind, were the first year TFA corps members who surely did not get the kind of support from their co-workers that helped people like me survive my first year.

From an article I just read in the Kansas City Star, I’ve learned that Kansas City may have been the biggest disaster in the 2011-2012 school year for TFA. They report that 32 out of 141 first year corps members, about 25%, will not be returning. And that is just so far as there will surely be some who just haven’t decided if they are coming back next year yet.

Even more alarming is that, according to the article, “Twenty-seven out of 42 district teachers whose contracts were not renewed this spring were Teach for America teachers.” If I am reading this correctly, “contracts were not renewed” essentially means they were fired after their first year. Maybe I’m not understanding this right. Someone from Kansas City, if you would comment and clarify, I’d appreciate it.


He presents a graph put out by TFA on their successes, and he makes it clear he does not agree.



The CMs he refers to are Corp Members. They use that rather than teacher recruit. It's a reference to their being part of Americorps.

I don’t like when TFA misleads like this. It is dangerous to invent statistics like this because 1) new CMs might believe these numbers and, at least subconsciously, not work as hard at training since teaching must not be that hard, 2) TFA, I think, believes it’s own hype which would explain why they are complacent with their insufficient training model which includes teaching 12 days, an hour a day, with groups of about 12 students, and 3) politicians believe these lies and base education policy on this which ultimately hurts the students.


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