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Thursday, May 12, 2016
San Francisco drops Teach for America. It's time Duval did too.
Teach for America takes non education majors, puts them through a five week access course and then sends then to our neediest schools where they are supposed to serve a two year stint assuring our neediest students have an ever revolving door of novice teachers. They aren't cheap either when you factor in the hundreds of thousands of dollars we spend annually on finders fee and all the training that we give that we have to just repeat when they leave and are replaced. The QEA budgeted 5 million for them over three years and that's not for salaries or benefits folks that for other costs. Well friends San Francisco has given u on this boondoggle and so should we. from Cloaking Inequality: Someone put this in CA BATs from United Educators of SF:
SFUSD Suspends Teach For America for the 16/17 School Year
This week we learned that the SFUSD Board of Education has pulled support for the Teach for America (TFA) program for the 16/17 school year. While we celebrate and respect TFA teachers who commit themselves to our schools, the reality is that the program has a retention rate of just 17%. With the teachers often placed in high needs schools, TFA essentially institutionalizes turnover in these schools, robbing our school communities of the stability and continuity that we desperately need.
We commend the Board for their decision and look forward to working with them to build more successful and sustainable programs to bring new teachers into the district, including the nationally recognized Teacher Residency program and the expanding para-to-teacher program.
Hear from TFA alums and teachers… binge listen to the entire Truth For America podcast series on YouTube here or iTunes here.
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