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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-10 08:54 PM
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8. Bobb is returning TFA to Detroit, even while experienced teachers laid off.
TFA charges school systems to send teachers to teach there with no experience. Great job if you can get it.

He is getting a battle over it apparently.

Teach for America returns to Detroit schools

Teach for America, the national corps of college graduates who teach in underserved schools for two years, will come back to Detroit this summer.

One hundred graduates -- 80 in Detroit charter schools and 20 in Detroit Public Schools -- will descend on the city during one of the most highly charged climates Teach for America has ever seen, officials acknowledge.

As the school board battles Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb over academic controls, the president of the teachers union is threatening an injunction to stop aspiring teachers from entering classrooms if it's at the expense of laying off current teachers in those subject areas.

...""We look forward to a successful partnership and will do all we can to make sure it is a lasting one," Bobb's chief academic and accountability auditor, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, said in a statement.


Bennett is formerly from Harcourt School Publishers

"Ohanian Comment: There's no mention here that the Detroit chief academic and accountablity officer/auditor Barbara Byrd-Bennett, once worked for Harcourt School Publishers.

Never mind. I provided some necessary background at the end of October 2009. In short, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Detroit's chief academic and accountability officer/auditor, used to work for Harcourt School Publishers.

Do I repeat myself? I'm trying to make up for the total lack information in the Detroit Free Press.

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Detroit's chief academic and accountability officer/auditor, used to work for Harcourt School Publishers."

"You can read her letter of engagement with the Detroit Public Schools where she is paid $776.70 per day. She is "an independent contractor and not an employee, agent, joint venturer, or partner of the District."

If $775.70 a day proves to be insufficient, during the period of the contract, Byrd-Bennett's letter of agreement gives her the right to find additional work elsewhere--to supplement that $776.70 per day.

That hiring period ended March 2, 2010, but Byrd-Bennett is still in Detroit, able to greet old friends from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt."



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