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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Paula Wright asks the tough questions about Teach for America end ups voting for it anyways

Look at these numbers that Paula Wright pointed out.

0 out of the first class of Teach for America remain.

5 percent of the second class and 18 percent of the third and fourth classes have stuck around.

70 Teach for America slots for next year already filled.

Vitti wants to bring in 100 each year.

There was a fierce but cordial back and forth between Mrs. Wright and the super where he ducked and dodged questions but Mrs. Wright did not waiver saying before we expand TFA we needed to have a clear understanding of how are they doing and right now that doesn’t exist and Vitti could not refute that sentiment.

She wondered why we were giving TFA teachers incentives that we weren’t giving teachers who might become lifelong educators and again Vitti had no answer. One of which is being sent to Columbia to get a free masters degree something know non-TFA teacher was selected to do.

All Vitti could say was vacancy, vacancy, vacancy and Mrs., Wright pointed out that we were shooting ourselves in the foot since TFA teachers leave with such regularity.

It became apparent that Teach for America despite the small numbers and the revolving door they create they are truly Vitti’s chosen ones.

In the end however I guess she saw the writing on the wall and voted for it. A very disappointing night for the district.


  1. Do they still have all their student loans forgiven after the two years in TFA? If so, I wonder why that isn't mentioned more often as their incentive to fulfill the 2 years and then leave to get on with their plans for their future?

  2. Vitti needs to go. Buy out his contract and send him on his way. He cares nothing about public education (prefering charter schools) or professional educators (prefering TFA's). What kind of leadership is that?

  3. TFA is a part of AmeriCorps which is where the "incentives" come in; Corps Members do not have their loans forgiven, they receive $5500 dollars a year (totaling $11000) that can be applied toward existing loans or saved for future education.