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10 things you should know about TFA corps member realities

In this post, I will address the debt and the course commitments of new TFA corps members. I will reference several Teach For America corps members that I have come to know, over the last fifteen years. #1. Teach For America’s partnerships are financial boosts for Colleges of Education that offer licensure after completion of a two-year graduate program of

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Inside Information and Reflections from a Former TFA Instructor

I spent many years instructing new Teach For America (TFA) recruits. I was responsible for accessing TFA’s classroom practice and reviewing real-time student math test scores. Lack of Preparation What’s generally taken as fact is that Teach For America’s novices graduate in the top 10% of their highly selective institutions. But, not all corps members hail from “elite” universities. The organization’s

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Huggy, Snuggly, Cuddly: Teach For America and Mathematica

Wanna Cuddle? A new study paid for by the U.S. Department of Education enlisted the services of Mathematica, Inc., a research organization that has studied Teach For America and its subsidiaries, consistently for over a decade.[1] The reports have one thing in common: Teach For America and  the growing network of charter schools affiliated with TFA , end up with glowing reports of corps member

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The Teat: IRS Loopholes/Conspiracy Benefitting School “Reformers”?

Heard anything about the IRS in the news lately? Here is more interesting scuttlebutt about the IRS and educational “reformers.” First, as is the tradition of The Teat, a cow Haiku: Every cow comes wrapped in cowhide, but that does not serve to hide the cow. Former IRS Commissioner, Doug Shulman, who resigned in November 2012, recalled his roots as an educational non-profiteer,

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