The Secretary’s 50 State Plan for #teacherequity

I’m reading the original letter sent to state school officers. Is that Times New Roman? This is the best the highest office in education in the US can do, am I correct? Wow. From Education Week: But addressing that problem won’t be easy. States have a limited authority and capacity to ensure that districts distribute […]

This #TFA village is hilariously, sadly NOT a joke

Holy hell, I could have sworn this was a joke. It isn’t. A mixed residential/commercial real estate venture in Philly called “Oxford Mills” just opened that caters to the “education community.” Read this article to believe it. Paul Kihn, deputy superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, told the guests, “Oxford will be a great […]

You don’t know the meaning of #dontbackdown

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I’m pretty angry.  Yesterday, I was on a panel discussing Teach For America with, among others, Josh Anderson- head of TFA Chicago.  Overall, I thought the panel went well.  Debate was passionate (mostly on my part) but civil.  Still, at the very end, when Josh gave the final remarks of the event, he said something […]

Why Teach For America Cannot Change

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This past Monday, the group Students United for Public Education (aka SUPE)–led by two amazing college students, Stephanie Rivera and Hannah Nguyen–organized a highly successful twitter storm using the hashtag #ResistTFA.  For a few hours, #ResistTFA became one of the top trending hashtags in the nation. Now, TFA’s response to the outpouring of rage at Teach […]

Despite our best evidence, Camika Royal still considers TFA a viable option. Say again?

This, from GOOD Magazine. What’s the (yet) supposed to mean? That TFA has not violated the trust of our public education system time and again over the last several years, aligning itself with every neoliberal outfit imaginable? To wit: Though I find it highly problematic, I also agree with theHarvard Crimson editorial board in this statement: […]

My hometown of Pgh puts carpetbaggers and amateurs on notice. Stay away, TFA!

Behold, from the Pittsburgh City Paper. Thirty dirty corps members may not seem like much, but it’s a toehold, an opening on the beach that will stage future invasions. It would be just a beginning.

FedEx Celebrating Holidays with TFA Donations

FedEx has a thing for Teach for America: 2009 2008 And now for the holidays in 2013: Starting Nov. 1, FedEx will kick off the “FedEx One Rate, Countless Possibilities Through Education” promotion, giving customers across the United States a simple way to give the gift of education. Through Dec. 23, $1 from every FedEx […]

Some click bait on @huffingtonpost, insight into #TFA

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I suppose many think TFA’ers are blindingly insufferable. Clicked some random piece on Huffington Post about the most insufferable people on Facebook, or perhaps the seven insufferable sins, something like that. I can’t remember where I put the link. But I did catch a screenshot of the most interesting part. So, as an example of […]

As a UCLA student and SUPE member, I endorse this campaign to halt TFA

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As a @UCLA student & @supenational ally, I endorse this campaign to halt @TeachForAmerica #TFA http://t.co/2jWnpbhvm1 pic.twitter.com/uekP064VJr — Robert D. Skeels (@rdsathene) September 15, 2013 As a UCLA student and a Students United for Public Education (SUPE) member, I endorse this campaign to halt Teach For America’s colonialism and participation in the neoliberal school privatization […]

The next frontier for #TFA? Warrior training in Kenya?

No analysis necessary. But a vomitous story’s out there about some CA white chick who is training to be a Maasai warrior. Here’s her account.  Young, white knights? Are you ready? I mean, what the hell does becoming a “warrior” mean? She’s out there for a few months hither and thither doing some cross training. […]

Is this TFA and Reality Israel stuff Anti-Semitic? I’m torn.

There’s an article going around about a widow donating to TFA to provide some kind of field trip experience to Israel called Reality Israel. Here’s explanation of the trip via TFA’s website. It’s written by journalist Max Blumenthal and is making the rounds in leftist media like Alternet. When I first read Blumenthal’s original article, […]

Email from a #TFA school admin requesting a grade change. For.No.Reason.

I have the email embedded for you below. The interesting item is the whole inspirational quote thing in the email signature. I blocked most of it out, but I wanted to leave the end, “No Excuses.” Indeed.

I recommend you all take this #TFA internal survey and give ‘em your thoughts

Here’s the link to a Google survey. Let the record reflect!

#TFA neophytes will now get to adopt wards of the state. No joke.

You too can become a surrogate for any child who is a ward of the state of IL. It’s just that easy. See here to “join.” Submit your own proposal to be a surrogate parent. Why would we let TFA do this? Because poor kids, that’s why.

A Snarky Letter for A Heartless Leader: My Response to TFA Chicago’s Josh Anderson

Dear Josh Anderson, Executive Director of Teach for America Chicago, After reading your piece entitled Q&A with Josh Anderson, TFA Chicago on the Teacher Layoffs, I felt the need to reach out to you.  Perhaps you’ve never actually been inside a CPS school because you seem to not understand the very basic realities of this […]

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