TFA: Expansion Fuels Reliance On Charter Placements
Prepare to hear and read a lot of chatter about Stephanie Simon's new package of stories about TFA (Has Teach for America betrayed its mission?).
There's lots in there you already know -- the back and forth over classroom effectiveness research, the notable alumni, the Gary Rubinstine rebellion, Camika Royal, etc.
But the Reuters reporter tells us some new things, or at least makes them more specific: TFA has become increasingly dependent on charter placements as it expands-- up to 33 percent last year (I thought it might be even higher than that); "nearly 100" district administrators among its alumni; $300M in assets; preservice classroom experience of 15-20 hours. I also hadn't known TFA had backed off its claims about half its teachers reaching outstanding gains.
Read some of my (innumerable) previous posts about TFA here. The book chapter I'm working on now, about TFA's belated but then dizzying ascent to Capitol Hill prominence, is slated to come out via AEI in a few weeks.