@ Chris Jury ... about as far off track as possible.
Seattle is an outlier for the program. Most of the areas served have an impossible time finding anyone to teach, so it makes good sense to pay trainees a low wage to come in and commit to 2 years.
We are talking TFA here not Americorps of Jesuit Volunteer corps. TFA Corps Members get the same wage as a beginning fully credentialed teacher and perform as the teacher of record. This is not a situation of paying a low wage to trainees.
Committing to two years is unacceptable in a place like Seattle or Huntsville. Why create even more instability with a rapid turnover of marginally trained teachers in schools with high at risk student populations?
WHY? because this is all about TFA as an organization not about students.
Seattle is hardly an outlier. The TFA strategy is to do this in as many school districts as possible. Check out Huntsville, Alabama.
This is clearly a strategy from the Eli Broad play book. TFA in Seattle originated in a complex web of deception. Maria Goodloe-Johnson bought every plan fed to her by the Eli Broad Academy (she even got to sit on the Broad board).
Here are my two letters:
(1) to Tony Martinez of the State Auditor's Office in Seattle
(2) to the Seattle School Directors
Goldy has this TFA scam correctly identified.
Now let's see what those four current directors that voted for this TFA crap on several occasions do this time. (DeBell, Carr, Martin-Morris, Smith-Blum)