February 26, 2010

More TFA in Miami-Dade: where's the money?

The Miami Herald is reporting today that Teach for America is going to send 350 recruits to the Miami-Dade school system, supported by a $6 million grant from the James L. Knight Foundation (hat tip). Thanks to the federal stimulus, the Miami school system avoided laying off hundreds of teachers this year, but it's not as if there are large numbers of paid positions that are going unfilled. So the TFA positions are going to supplement, thanks to the Knight Foundation? It might sound good, but do the math: about $17,000 in donations per TFA recruit. This just doesn't add up.

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Posted in Education policy on February 26, 2010 5:57 AM |