With guest, Louder Than a Bomb poet Nate Marshall

Friday, July 31, 2009

TFA replacement squads used against career educators

Look who's in denial

Gregg Toppo
in USA Today writes that TFA teachers are being brought in to replace laid-off experienced teachers in Boston, North Carolina and elsewhere. Isn't that how they were used by Vallas after they busted the teachers union in post-Katrina New Orleans? After all, TFA-ers do work cheap.
In Boston, TFA corps members replaced 20 pink-slipped teachers, says Boston Teachers Union President Richard Stutman. "These are people who have been trained, who are experienced and who have good evaluations, and are being replaced by brand-new employees."

In March, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., schools Superintendent Peter Gorman told board members he was laying off hundreds of teachers but sparing 100 TFAers because the district "made a commitment to this program." Gorman noted that TFA teachers "are placed at schools with high populations of underprivileged students where the placement of personnel has proven to be difficult."
Funny--Rotherham is in a state of denial over Toppo's story. A tweeting Russo enjoys AR's "meltdown." Me too.

1 comment:

  1. And then they leave.

    Kids need stability. They need experienced teachers.

    Teachers need colleagues they know, a team, to build a school, a school culture.

    TfA pushes out teachers who would play that role. Instead, they supply 2-and-out tourists.

    No thank you.



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