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Updated: @TeachForAmerica tried to disappear their disappearing act

Honestly, I would really like to write about something beside TFA today. But I can’t. In the post Do you have five minutes to understand whether @TeachForAmerica is effective? I posted the following figure from Bloomberg.

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In the story Most Teach For America Instructors Plan to Flee TeachingAkane Otani noted in the article,

More than 87 percent of TFA teachers say they don’t plan on remaining teachers throughout their careers, compared with 26.3 percent of non-TFA teachers working in the same subjects, grades, and schools.

To cover this up, TFA’s lobbyist have been busy beavers in Texas. TFA’s lobbyist and Rep Justin Rodriguez are trying to hide the fact that TFA teachers in the latest data (as of last week) are now reporting incredible future turnover rates. They have written HB 1060 to disappear TFA’s disappearing act.

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Who is currently lobbying for TFA in Texas? How much are they spending? Thanks to Karen in Houston for digging this up.

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Over the past three years Teach For America has spent about $335,000 in Texas lobbying for favorable public policy. If HB 1060 get through and succeeds in hiding TFA teacher turnover, those lobbyist deserve a raise! With all their hullabaloo about Civil Rights etc, Teach For America’s current strategy is to run and hide.

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Update 3/16/15: HB 1060 was pulled today in Texas. Now if something can be done about taxpayer money being spent on Temp For America—$12 million in Texas.

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About Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig (667 Articles)
Julian Vasquez Heilig is an award-winning researcher and teacher. He is currently a Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State Sacramento.

5 Comments on Updated: @TeachForAmerica tried to disappear their disappearing act

  1. Nola Mommy // March 17, 2015 at 9:07 pm // Reply

    There are pending bills in the Arkansas legislature to give TFA a $3m grant for support services. Why is this a legislative grant instead of a contract through AR Dept of Ed if they are providing services?

    SB 62.

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  2. Great! Is it possible this could hit the national news outlets like CNN NBC ABC and more?

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  3. Reblogged this on aureliomontemayor and commented:
    Don’t know what Justin was thinking!!!!

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  4. Eric Hartman // March 16, 2015 at 2:58 pm // Reply

    Hb1060 was removed from hearing schedule for march 17 in house public ed. Resistance rewarded.

    Sent from my iPhone

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  5. Shelley Potter // March 16, 2015 at 2:42 pm // Reply

    Julian, just wanted to let you know that Justin Rodriguez is a good guy who supports public education. I know him from when he was on the San Antonio ISD Board. He was an excellent Board member . . . always right on target with his support of students and teachers. I believe he was just trying to be responsive to a request by one of his school districts with this bill. My understanding as of today is that the bill has been pulled down.

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