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ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress Every Child Deserves a Fully-Prepared Teacher

Public Advocates Inc. is a nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization that challenges the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination.  They have been very active in ensuring that teachers in training should not be designated as “highly qualified”.  This … Continue reading

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California wants better training for English Language Learner teachers; TFA says No

As reported by Anthony Cody, California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing is considering changes to strengthen training requirements for teachers of English Language Learner students.  Such students are taught be a disproportionate number of less experienced and intern teachers.  This would … Continue reading

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Teachers-in-Training Should Not Be Designated ‘Highly Qualified’

In a previous post, I shared the story of how Ninth Circuit reaffirmed the ruling that trainee teachers, including TFA, are not intended as “Highly Qualified” under NCLB.  And, how congress had effectively granted a temporary waiver.  Now, Congress is looking … Continue reading

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Ninth Circuit Reaffirms Ruling That Trainee Teachers, including TFA, Not Intended as “Highly Qualified” Under NCLB

As numerous critics have pointed out (refer to Learning on Other People’s Kids: Becoming a Teach For America Teacher by Barbara Torre Veltri), TFA corps members are effectively still undergoing their training after they’ve started teaching.  The Ninth Circuit Court … Continue reading

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Reconsidering TFA in Seattle

I don’t normally post news about TFA on the site – the focus is more on commentary – but since the theme of the site is “Reconsidering TFA”, I thought it was worth mentioning that the Seattle School District is … Continue reading

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