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February 24, 2012

Hyper-accountability, Burnout and Blame: A TFA Corps Member Speaks Out

Guest post by Jameson Brewer. The rhetoric of educational policy is an ever swaying pendulum from the conservative right to the progressive left. However, in reality, in the decades leading up to and the ten years following the passing of No Child Left Behind, it has been neoliberal policies and ...

February 23, 2012

At the Department of Education, Warm Snow Falls Up

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody As the Simpson family prepared to travel south of the equator to Brazil, Homer revealed some misconceptions. In opposite land, according to Bart's father, "warm snow falls up." Reading the latest press releases and speeches from the Department of Education, som...

February 16, 2012

Phil Kovacs Responds to the Latest Research on Teach For America

A few days ago, I ran a guest post authored by science educator Jack Hassard; Cobb County, Georgia, Rejects Teach For America. One cogent comment came from Stuart (EdOutsider), who wrote the following: Listen, all this slapping our own backs might be fun and good, but of all the states where TFA pl...

February 12, 2012

Jack Hassard Reports: Cobb County, Georgia, Rejects Teach For America

Guest post by Jack Hassard. Cobb County, Georgia's second largest school district, decided not to consider the superintendent's request to hire 50 Teach for America (TFA) uncertified college graduates to work in under-performing schools in South Cobb. According to an editorial in the Marietta Dail...

January 13, 2012

Money From Donors, iPads for Free: How Is it That Teach For America's Struggling Corps Are Broke?

Guest post by Barbara Torre Veltri, Ed. D. The season of giving might be behind us, but non-profits continue to target donors. Teach For America, Inc., attracts major contributions, but TFA teachers (often referred to as corp members) are raising questions about where the money is being spent....

January 09, 2012

Philip Kovacs: Research Suggests Teach For America Does Not Belong in Huntsville

Guest post by Philip Kovacs. Two months ago Anthony Cody graciously allowed me to publish the results of my investigations into Teach for America's "research." You can read those pieces here and here. I would like to offer some closure to my investigation by providing interested parties with a br...

January 05, 2012

NEA Stance on Teach For America Continues to Raise Questions

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody The decision by Dennis Van Roekel to co-author a column with Teach For America director Wendy Kopp continues to generate negative reaction among educators, the latest being the decision by Nancy Carlsson-Paige and her son Matt Damon to reject the union's Friend ...

December 23, 2011

NEA President Sends Mixed Messages about Teacher Preparation

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody I just don't get it. A few short weeks ago, the National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel released a "Three Point Plan for True Education Reform." The first point of this plan is "raising the bar for entry" into the teaching profession. THE F...

December 21, 2011

One Year Ago Congress Defined Untrained Novices "Highly Qualified Teachers"

Guest post by Tara Kini, Public Advocates Inc. Today marks the first anniversary of one of the most far-reaching legislative actions in education in recent memory. It was highly controversial and addressed a subject at the forefront of the ongoing debate about educational equity. But if you are lik...

December 20, 2011

Philip Kovacs: Teach For America Research Fails the Test

In Huntsville, Alabama, the school board has decided to spend $1.7 million to bring Teach For America interns to district classrooms. This has prompted an assistant professor at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, to raise some critical questions. This is the third post in this series. Guest po...

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