But as TFA alumna Anna Martin says in her dynamic 3 part series:
Of course, not only Teach for America teachers come and quickly leave, but it’s hard not to see fault with a two-year sell-by date. In fact, if a corps member is perceived as effective after the two-year commitment, then they are often almost immediately recruited out of the classroom to work for Teach for America or to begin funneling into the school leadership pipeline. After my fourth year of teaching in the same school, TFA realized that I wasn’t budging and stopped hinting. Something feels wrong about an organization that draws its most talented teachers out of their classrooms to help achieve its vision.
Who Should Teach Our Students?
A panel discussion on the "Last In, First Out" teacher layoff policy
in New York State
Dr. Pedro Noguera
Professor of Education - New York University
VP Academic High Schools - United Federation of Teachers
Education Reporter - NY 1
Engagement Manager - StudentsFirst
Co-Founder, Executive Director - Educators 4 Excellence
While most people agree we should try to avoid massive budget cuts to education, opinions vary on what teacher layoffs should look like if they become a reality-and many signs indicate that teacher layoffs in New York City are imminent for the first time in three decades. To date, much of the conversation has focused on the "if", but given the current reality, this conversation will examine the "how" by presenting and debating the merits of alternative teacher layoff proposals currently being considered in the New York State Assembly and Senate.