Showing uncommonly good sense, Sacramento has decided to not to hire 90 Teach for America (TFA) recruits over the next three years for a whopping cost of $2.7 million in recruitment and support fees as announced in March, 2010. That amount does not include the teachers” salaries. To educators the proposition was laughable. Why would cash-strapped Sacramento schools even consider such an deal when California is currently overrun with unemployed, fully-credentialed, highly-effective teachers who would be happy to teach in the city”s neediest schools? The deal had “River City” written all over it. According to the Sacramento Bee:
Superintendent Jonathan Raymond of the Sacramento City Unified School District said he has backed off pursuing Teach for America in favor of establishing a stronger relationship with local credentialing programs at UC Davis, Sacramento State and Fortune School of Education.
Raymond had faced strong opposition from the Sacramento City Teachers Association, which questioned the timing of his decision to pursue Teach for America. The district is in the midst of massive layoffs and is asking the teachers union to accept furloughs and health benefit concessions in order to save jobs.
The article goes on to state:
Teach for America requires communities to raise $2.7 million to support the program for three years. School districts pay the salaries of teachers hired.
That”s $2.7 million for 90 teachers over a three year period with no guarantee those recruits will stay longer than two years? The inference here is that TFA requires all school districts to pay $30,000 for each recruit they hire. Could this be true? And if it is, what the frick does TFA do with all the hundreds of millions of dollars they receive in donations each year?
what the frick does TFA do with all the hundreds of millions of dollars they receive in donations each year?