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Does Teach for America Leave Black Lives Behind?

The corporate reform movement often frames its work as promoting civil rights for children of color and TFA echos this in their marketing.  But, given the role of the financial backers of corporate reform and TFA in the growing inequity … Continue reading

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Important New Book: Teach For America Counter-Narratives: Alumni Speak Up and Speak Out

TFA Alum Jameson Brewer (featured here previously here) and professor Kathleen deMarrais have compiled an important new book, Teach For America Counter-Narratives: Alumni Speak Up and Speak Out.  Featuring commentary from around 20 TFA alumni, this book provides valuable perspectives … Continue reading

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Spurred on by USAS, college students across country speak up against TFA

United Students Against Sweatshops kicked off its second annual Teach for America Truth Tour at numerous colleges, urging the removal of “the organization from our campuses unless they make some important reforms.”  The effort at Harvard received notable national attention … Continue reading

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My Interview with TFA Alum Ben Spielberg

Check out my interview with TFA Alum Ben Spielberg where we discuss whether and how TFA and its critics can work together.  For the most part, I’ve generally been skeptical of calls for TFA and its critics to work together.  … Continue reading

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TFA Corps Member Quits, Citing TFA’s Poor Preparation and Support

A common complaint of TFA recruits is the lack of preparation they receive for teaching and for the often very different environments they’re placed in.  This is exactly what happened to Allie, a TFA Corps Member from California who was … Continue reading

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Veteran educator voices concern over TFA’s special ed initiative

To many, it’s concerning enough that TFA targets its placements in low-income minority schools where this exacerbates the churn of ill-trained novices.  Even worse, TFA has long placed their recruits in special education contexts despite these recruits having little, if … Continue reading

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TFA capitalizing on school closings, financial crises

In numerous large cities, TFA is moving beyond its role of filling teacher shortages and is becoming a willing partner in efforts to privatize schools.  Ani McHugh is a HS English teacher who has written about TFA’s role in taking … Continue reading

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