Read here to the Wall Street Journal article about Teach for America. Education Minnesota successfully fought keeping TFA out of our schools in the last legislative session, along with blocking tenure reform and alternative licensure.
“A few months ago, Teach for America (TFA) received an applicant pool that Morgan Stanley recruiters would drool over. Their 46,000 applicants included 12% of all Ivy League seniors, 7% of the graduating class of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and 6% from U.C. Berkeley. A quarter of all black seniors at Ivy League schools and a fifth of Latinos applied to be teachers in the 2010 corps. It is, I’m told by some recent grads, one of the coolest things you can do after college.”
“The results are clear. A 2008 Urban Institute study found that “On average, high school students taught by TFA corps members performed significantly better on state-required end-of-course exams, especially in math and science, than peers taught by far more experienced instructors.”
In our court system, a guardian is appointed to represent the interests of children. Who represents the interests of children in our education system?
Who we elect to the Minnesota Legislature this Fall will mean the difference between real meaningful education reform, or the continued protection of the status quo.
Demand that legislative and school board candidates make it clear where they stand on education reform.