Charter school requires teachers to construct school

It’s National Charter School Week. Have you heard about the 2015-16 Teach For America first-year teacher who was asked by a charter school to literally construct the building too? I did ask her in a podcast if she had also been trained as a general construction contractor by TFA during her 5-weeks of training in the summer. When the new teacher refused to give up her nights and weekends to build the walls of the charter school, the husband and wife principal team went to her classroom and…

To hear this story and more listen to Episode 8 of Truth For America.Truth For America is a podcast about Teach For America (TFA) that provides voice to educators, parents, students, and other key stakeholders. Truth For America is co-hosted by Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig and Dr. T. Jameson Brewer.

Episode 8 features a conversation with Tiffany and Ann, two 2015-16 first-year TFA teachers. The podcast includes discussions about the difficult financial aspects of being a first-year TFA corps member, the role of TFA in the civil rights of children, the experience of being placed at a new charter school, the (in)adequacy of TFA’s support for new teachers and much more.

Truth For America is sponsored by the Network for Public Education Action.

Also of note, in a presidential proclamation Obama said this about charter schools,

During National Charter Schools Week, we celebrate the role of high-quality public charter schools in helping to ensure students are prepared and able to seize their piece of the American dream, and we honor the dedicated professionals across America who make this calling their life’s work by serving in charter schools.

For counter-narrative about charters, check out Cloaking Inequity’s posts here.

For all of Cloaking Inequity’s posts on Teach For America click here.

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One comment

  • You don’t seem to support anything except for people receiving goods and services on the backs of those who actually work for them. Charter schools are not bad; being middle class, upper middle class, or wealthy is not a bad thing, inherently. Those who have do not owe an existence to those who have not, unless their misfortune is brought about by illness, age, or mental disability. Even “cloaking inequity” reveals an assumption that “equity” is somehow some inalienable right. It’s not. All of this, and I am a Democrat… Imagine.


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