From The American Prospect: Teach for America's Civil War
Here's an article that's making the rounds - in nerdy education circles, that is: James Cersonsky writes in The American Prospect that a group of Teach for America alumni and current corps members has started a campaign against their own organization. Namely, it's seemingly central role in so-called education reform efforts.
Cersonsky notes the long rap against Teach for America by its critics - that the program sends recruits into struggling schools with little training and, recently, its recruits have been hired by school districts after laying off experienced teachers. He also references a popular Onion piece published about the program last year.
He writes, "Despite the endless outcry, no one has ever staged a coordinated, national effort to overhaul, or put the brakes on, TFA—let alone anyone from within the TFA rank-and-file. On July 14, in a summit at the annual Free Minds/Free People education conference in Chicago, a group of alumni and corps members will be the first to do so."
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