Remember, Arne Duncan and his cronies are all about self-dealing to his friends!
Actually, this is a setback for Teach For America…in the short term because of the logistics around timing, funding cycles, and school budget patterns. It could be in the long term, too, if policymakers are not careful. I’m pretty sympathetic to the way the Administration wants to go on these funds overall (pdf). And there is no reason that TFA shouldn’t have to compete alongside other programs for funding. But given the politics around TFA and teacher preparation unless the language is clearly written to prioritize quality, results, and scale (meaning sizable multi-year grants that allow for growth) this could create a muddle where politics rather than evidence carries the day. If I were in TFA’s shoes I’d be quite concerned about this given all those risks.