This open letter to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) from a Teach For America alum was posted on the Cloaking Inequity website http://bit.ly/1TdAWzT.
The author was assigned to teach special education in California for 2014.
Teach For America has about 80 new TFA teachers in LAUSD. They recently received mid-year LAUSD board approval for a 31% (25 position) increase in the size of their corps specifically to “teach” special education. The Board of Ed approved the contract with TFA without debate or discussion as an item on the Consent Agenda at the November 10 board meeting, Report 101-15/16 of Contract #4400003941. The Board Informative is on Page 66 of the electronic document/meeting materials (although it's labeled page 53) in a process described by others as “…it was hidden in the consent calendar with attachments of attachments buried deep”.
Colorful language for a bit of the old monochromatic opaque transparency.
Similar efforts to place TFA corps members in Special Ed classrooms in Chula Vista and Santa Ana Unified School Districts failed earlier this year after public outcry. But those districts held actual discussions about the controversial contracts with TFA.
The question becomes: Do we really want well-meaning but undertrained amateurs (being paid doesn’t make one a “professional”) teaching our most vulnerable students?
If you think the answer is NO, maybe you want to sign the petition following.
The pro-charter/pro-®eform media (LA School Report) says this petition drive is driven by “anti-charter activists” : “A group of anti-charter school activists is circulating an online petition that calls for LA Unified to rescind a contract with Teach for America (TFA)…”
Gentle readers, this has nothing whatsoever to do with charter schools. Nada, Zero, Zilch.
- Cancel the contract that pays TFA to recruit untrained interns to teach our vulnerable special education students.
- Identify reputable programs to recruit graduates and student teachers who are committed to the teaching profession, to our schools and our students.
This is to urge the LAUSD school board to immediately rescind its contract with TFA for special education services. Our most vulnerable students deserve the most qualified professionals possible.