Today I will profile Teach (Temp) For America (TFA) on The Teat. See Cloaking Inequity’s full thread on TFA here.
The Teat is a series on Cloaking Inequity (the protuberance through which milk is drawn from an udder or breast) that seeks to trace financial support which various entities receive that are involved in current educational policy debates.
A cow looks stable,
but she can be tipped over
with just a light shove.
In 2010, in our policy brief entitled Teach For America: A Review of the Evidence we reported:
Between 2000 and 2008, TFA’s operating expenditures increased from $10 million to $114.5 million. Of those expenditures, TFA annual reports show that about a third of operating costs are currently borne by the public (See Table 3). Notably, TFA launched a campaign for a direct allocation of $50 million in federal support for 2011. If such an allocation were made, and if TFA’s operating expenditures in 2011 were similar to 2008, a large majority of TFA’s funding would be from the federal government and other taxpayer sources.
So what is the current state of TFA’s national funding? From whose teat do they partake?
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The Eighty-second Legislature maintained level funding at $8.0 million for Teach for America (TFA), directing that those funds support the provision of at least 1,000 TEA teachers in Texas schools with a prioritization on teachers of mathematics if possible.
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55. Teach for America.
From funds appropriated above in Strategy B.3.1, Improving Educator Quality and Leadership, the Commissioner shall expend $4,000,000 in General Revenue in each fiscal year of the biennium to support the Teach for America program in Texas. It is the intent of the Legislature that at least 1,000 Teach for America teachers be employed in Texas schools that serve a proportion of economically disadvantaged students that is above the state average. Funding shall be allocated in such a manner as to prioritize employment of Teach for America teachers in the field of mathematics to the extent practicable.