Odds And Ends

A former Chicago student, now in college, weighs-in on Teach For America.

Common admissions with charters and district schools being discussed in Newark.  Look for more of this sort of thing.

The Times takes a look at ed tech.

And Hillary Clinton jumping in with Too Small Too Fail.

3 Replies to “Odds And Ends”

  1. More on Teach For America in Chicago:
    internal planning documents from Teach for America in Chicago.

    The document displayed on her website shows plans for 52 new privately-managed charters that will open over the next five years.

    These charters will be staffed largely by TFA’s young recruits, with five weeks of training.

    Just weeks ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed 50 public schools, claiming they were “underutilized.” But the school closures presented an opportunity to expand the charter sector.

    “TFA has largely abandoned its earlier mission of staffing hard-to-fill positions in public schools, serving instead as a placement agency for urban charters. In Chicago, however, TFA’s role appears to go far beyond providing labor for the fast-growing charter sector. An internal TFA document indicates that the organization has a plan to dramatically expand the number of charter schools in the city.”


  2. And then, after the TFA’s have had their two or three years of hell, they can join money-sucking non-profits. But, sadly at some point, the youngsters in TFA will realize they have bought into the Amway of education.

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