Tennessee spends more money per Teach for America recruit than ANY OTHER STATE.
Haslam, Huffman, and their partners in crime have it all figured out. Sure, they’re running off Tennessee's quality educators by repeatedly attacking them, but they have a plan for replacing them. That plan runs through a monstrosity known as Teach for America.
Teach for America (TFA) is a powerful company who places unqualified, untrained hires as teachers in exchange for big money from state and local governments. TFA get a bounty for each hire they place in a school for two years before sending the hire off to a “better” career. (“Better” is TFA’s word, not ours.)
Haslam gets something out of it: Freedom from those pesky qualified educators who question his disastrous policies, replaced by a bunch of hired guns who aren’t vested in our children or our schools.
And, boy, does TFA get something: a no-bid contract for $6,699,850 from the state. They also get data on all our kids: names, social security numbers, achievement data, addresses, phone numbers, and parent/guardian details!
Kevin Huffman, a former TFA vice president signed the contract on Tennessee’s behalf. His former boss signed the contact on TFA’s behalf. Like we said, snakes.
The full document: http://tinyurl.com/huffman-contract
As an informed Tennessee Mom posted:I have no doubt that the college grads who join TFA are super bright and have the best intentions of doing right by some kids if only for a few years before they move on to their intended career choice. What I have a problem with is the TFA model that essentially erodes the stability of our teaching force and creates a revolving door for recent college grads to have something to do and a means to pad their resumes. TFA must be very enticing to students in this hard to find a job climate as they tout on their website partnerships with fortune 500 companies that will give preference to TFA alumni and grad programs that do so as well. Our kids deserve to be educated by individuals that chose teaching because it is their passion and not a stop gap measure. They deserve to have an educator that actually went to college to become one, not someone that spent 5 weeks over the summer taking a crash course on teaching.
Therefore, Tennessee parents urges our legislators and our elected school board members to:
Every student deserves a real, qualified, & experienced teacher leading their class.