Sunday, June 30, 2013

Superintendent Vitti’s inexplicable love for Teach for America

The super has said that Teach for America teachers are the same as every other teacher. He also said placing them at John E. Ford, a Montessori school may have been a mistake and he did so at a community meeting last Thursday where parents and teachers alike both complained about high staff turn over. My question is if they are the same as everybody else why would it be okay to place them at another school but not there?

Paula Wright SB, district 4 said at the same meeting, that’s a common complaint, high staff turnover, that many schools have. Well if that is the case too, then why s the district investing in teachers they know will leave after two just two years.

I believe TFA has a role to play as a supplement to our teachers, not as a replacement for them. The district should strive to put life long educators in our classrooms not hobbyists on a walk-about. And if the Super is being honest with himself and us then it seems like he feels the same way too.