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  •  How can school districts get away with... (0+ / 0-)
    TFA has exclusive contracts with school districts in 43 regions to staff 6,000 positions across the nation. Professional teachers, applying through the traditional process, are not allowed to compete for those jobs.

    Is it through TFA lobbying?  Cost savings by offering teachers at lower salaries?  Political favors?

    I think your strategy of occupying is interesting but I don't see how it exposes TFA for what it is.  It seems to just reinforce the notion that TFA is so successful that even experienced teachers are supporting and joining the movement.

     

    •  That's why it is important to let (1+ / 0-)
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      people know that it is an occupation.  They have so much money and so much clout that they are practically impossible to touch. They are supported by Bill Gates, Eli Broad, and the Waltons.  

      I have begged NEA to start a recruitment organization similar to TFA.  If recruitment is truly the problem, NEA should be able to place professional teachers in any school where there is a need. Counter to TFA claims, many teachers are out of work and would work in high needs schools.  NEA refuses to address the problem.

      But that's only a small part of the problem.  TFA is choosing the leaders of tomorrow.  They move young, still inexperienced teachers out of the classrooms to positions of power in education, government, and finance.  

      Not everything that can be counted counts. Not everything that counts can be counted. Albert Einstein

      by annie em on Tue Jan 03, 2012 at 11:01:47 AM PST

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    •  TFA actually costs more than hiring a qualified (0+ / 0-)

      1st year teacher with a teacher's certificate.  They pay the salary of a first year teacher plus about $5000 extra per teacher per year.  Statistics show that students do better with the first year teacher than TFA teacher with 5 weeks of training.  Also the teacher is probably not leaving in one or two years.

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