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Thu May 9, 2013, 11:24 PM

TFA to expand in Chicago areas where many schools were closed, quality teachers laid off.

It's hard to imagine that a record number of school closings in Chicago is so obviously opening the way for Teach for America to take over those areas.

From Katie Osgood at The Chalk Face blog:

Teach for America Has Gone Too Far

But TFA’s recent actions have sent me over the edge. Last night, on twitter, I was appalled to watch tweets fly by about a very fancy, very expensive fundraising dinner taking place in Chicago’s swanky Drake Hotel. As a union-supporter, I am used to the dirty old union halls, folding chairs, sometimes church basements, and maybe a bag of Cheetos for eats, if you’re lucky. I can barely imagine the sort of people who pay $10,000 for a table. Ok, I CAN imagine. They are the same people we must battle everyday in the EdReform Wars.

....Guess which neighborhoods TFA is targeting for their expansion? The very same communities being traumatized by the largest single number of school closings in the history of America. TFA is poised to profit dramatically from the misfortune of hundreds of teachers and thousands of students.

And how TFA has rationalized this expansion to themselves, or anyone else, is beyond me. CPS has told schools they must be closed due to “underutilization” (A suspect claim at best). They say Chicago has too few kids and too many schools, including too many teachers/staff. Due to a supposed budget shortfall of $1 billion dollars (also HIGHLY suspect), CPS says schools must be consolidated. Let me say that again, CPS is telling us that we have essentially too many teachers and buildings in the system.

And TFA wants to go into those communities after mass layoffs–where many quality veteran teachers will be displaced and many may not be rehired, teachers who fought side-by-side with the students and parents of the schools, teachers loved by the community–and offer them uncertified, poorly-trained novices many of whom have never even been to the Midwest, much less know the varied individual neighborhoods of Chicago. It’s like TFA is kicking these communities while they are down. “I know your school was just robbed from you, despite your loud, relentless, justified protest, but here are some uncertified, severely undertrained non-educators who won’t stick around long. We at TFA don’t think your kids deserve properly trained teachers dedicated long-term to your community any more than you deserve the choice of democratic neighborhood schools.”


That is truly insulting to the career teachers who are losing their jobs, to the parents and students who are losing their community schools.

TFA needs to stop thinking their group is superior to experienced teachers. Some Democratic leaders I know need to speak out about the way they are moving into communities when schools are closed.

From 2012 another condescending move by TFA toward public school teachers.

While the budget picture looks no more pleasant than it has in past years, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Jacqueline Ellis said the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, a Raleigh-based nonprofit, has offered to cover the $3,000-per-teacher placement fee that TFA would have charged the district for the 15 teachers.

The positions that TFA teachers would fill are among 21 made available by retirements, resignations and transfers.

.."The 15 teachers primarily would be placed in math, science and exceptional children's classes -- all of which can be difficult to fill, especially in a low-performing school like Neal. TFA would also like to offer training to traditionally trained teachers who are already at the school.


They wanted to "train" veteran teachers to think that all kids can succeed. The hubris is overwhelming.

A big piece of Neal's program would be the training for veteran teachers - it's all about changing the mind-set of teachers to believe that every student can succeed, Lakis said. He said TFA is still working out the framework for the training program..."


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Reply TFA to expand in Chicago areas where many schools were closed, quality teachers laid off. (Original post)
madfloridian May 2013 OP
blkmusclmachine May 2013 #1
madfloridian May 2013 #3
Starry Messenger May 2013 #2
madfloridian May 2013 #4
Starry Messenger May 2013 #5
SoapBox May 2013 #8
HiPointDem May 2013 #6
madfloridian May 2013 #7
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Wilms May 2013 #9
Luminous Animal May 2013 #10
madfloridian May 2013 #11
proud2BlibKansan May 2013 #13
bemildred May 2013 #12

Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Thu May 9, 2013, 11:48 PM

1. Race to the top.

 

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Response to blkmusclmachine (Reply #1)

Fri May 10, 2013, 12:12 AM

3. RTTT just as bad or worse than NCLB.

And no one is listening.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Thu May 9, 2013, 11:52 PM

2. k&r

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #2)

Fri May 10, 2013, 12:32 AM

4. Can you imagine how those laid-off teachers feel to read about TFA doing this?

And not hearing any leader speaking out about it? I would be so frustrated.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #4)

Fri May 10, 2013, 12:35 AM

5. It should be illegal.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #5)

Fri May 10, 2013, 01:17 AM

8. Super ditto. nt

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #4)

Fri May 10, 2013, 12:52 AM

6. it pretty much shows the school closings for the farce they are. those schools aren't under-

 

utilized.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #6)

Fri May 10, 2013, 01:04 AM

7. Closed in order to privatize.

It's a farce all right.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2013, 07:07 AM

9. ^

 

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2013, 04:34 PM

10. I overheard three young women the other day talking about TFA

They planned to sign up and do only the contracted time because it looks good on their resumés. Assholes.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #10)

Sat May 11, 2013, 10:18 AM

11. Taking jobs of career teachers to build their own resume. It's shameful.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #11)

Sat May 11, 2013, 10:39 AM

13. And help paying off their student loans

That's a big draw.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Sat May 11, 2013, 10:25 AM

12. Interest in teaching continues to drop in California

Interest in teaching is steadily dropping in California, with the number of educators earning a teaching credential dipping by 12% last year -- marking the eighth straight annual decline.

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing reported this month that 16,450 educators earned their credential in 2011-12, compared with 23,320 in 2007-08.

The number of students enrolling in teacher preparation programs has also decreased, to 34,838 in 2010-11 from 51,744 in 2006-07.

Dean Vogel, president of the California Teachers Assn., said several factors have made teaching careers less attractive.

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/apr/12/local/la-me-ln-teachers-20130412

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