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Monday, July 15, 2019

DCPS is strongly considering bringing back Teach for America

This from a draft contract that the board will discuss at its August meeting,

Previous Outcomes TFA teacher performance based on Florida DOE Valued Added Model (VAM) score was reviewed for TFA teachers in TFA cohorts 2013-2015 to 2016-2018 using VAM data from 1415 to 1718 school years. There were 473 TFA teacher scores during those years. Of those, 53.9% were Effective or Highly Effective and 46.1% were Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory.

Um if almost half were considered needs improvement or unsatisfactory why for goodness sake would we even be considering bringing them back?

Well maybe its because they cut their initial asking price of 14 k to nine grand per teacher. Also from the draft contract.

Um 9 k per TFA teacher?!? Why don't we have somebody going to the states education colleges and offering graduates that money? You know people who were trained to be teachers and who will have a much greater probability of staying more than two years.

Last year we had 18 TFA teachers and the district didn't have to pay a dime. They applied just like anyone else would.

I hate to think this is a quid pro quo to get the Bully  and TFA supporter Gary Chartrand to support the tax referendum but regardless this is short term thinking. It allows TFA to remain a presence in the city until those 10-15 IDEA schools get here. Do you know who works at IDEA schools? Teach for America that is who.

Teach for America was an expensive and terrible program that did the exact opposite of what we know our most vulnerable children need and the district should not entertain for one moment bringing them back. 

I am not saying we don't need more teachers, we do, I am saying this solution makes things far worse not better.

Come on DCPS you are better than this.

1 comment:

  1. I had a TFA administrator evaluate me this year. She doesn't even know what she doesn't know. But she's got no conscience, so she fits right in.