Diane Ravitch writes a very insightful article about Teach for America which is considered a charity for teachers – it’s actually a 5 week program for training teachers who will go into charter schools. Not 6 years of college education, but 5 weeks of training.
She also provides a list of companies who support this so-called charity – have no idea why the government would consider this organization a charity, except for the fact our government looks more and more like corporate America every day…
Teach for America is a powerful organization. It has collected hundreds of millions of dollars in the past few years. One of its most recent IRS forms showed $300 million in assets. Its board of directors includes some of the nation’s biggest corporate and media leaders.
Yet TFA is considered a charity, and many corporate funders ask you to make gifts to it, as if were the Red Cross or a homeless shelter.
Barbara Torre Veltri, a professor of education at Arizona State, has trained many TFA recruits. She wrote a book about it, called “Learning on Other People’s Kids: Becoming a Teach for America Teacher.” She wrote the following commentary for this blog:
“It’s that time of year––the annual upsurge of buying and giving. Corporations are poised for both giving and receiving as they elect to support particular charities and encourage the public, their clients, and employees…
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