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Despite the TFA PR that claims that 60% of TFA teachers keep teaching for a third year, the reality, according to a study at Harvard University, is that about 44 percent of corps members remain at their original placement schools for a third year and only 15 percent stay at their schools for more than…

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Jan 18 2012

The Ringer

A few months ago, I got an interesting email from TFA: From: alumni.teaching.awards Subject: Teach For America Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching Date: Friday, June 24, 2011, 11:16 AM Dear Gary, As a teacher who has been recognized for your tremendous accomplishments in the classroom, we believe you could be a strong candidate for…

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Jan 11 2012

The Answer To The $125,000 Question

Two years ago I first heard about a new Charter School in New York City called The Equity Project, founded by a TFA alum named Zeke Vanderhoek.  There was an article in The New York Times about how they were going to pay their teachers $125,000 in return for more work and accountability.  Teachers could…

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In today’s New York Times there was a story about a research study which supposedly proved that students who had teachers with good value-added scores were more successful in life. This inspired me to complete something I have been working on for several months, off-and-on, a detailed analysis of the raw data supplied in the…

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Jan 06 2012

Turnaround Is Unfair Play

Superman has arrived and he takes Visa. As districts get more and more desperate trying to reach 100% proficiency by 2014, they begin to turn to a new breed of ‘experts.’ These experts claim that they hold the secrets to turning around failing schools. Proving that ‘poverty is not destiny’ with case studies of successful…

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