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Comment of the week: 'The problem with placing TFA recruits in high-need schools'
Reader comments in TC Daily Planet— and comments on the comments — are crucial for the community conversation the Planet exists to nourish. To encourage the practice a volunteer editor, retired journalist Anthony Morley, reviews all comments and will select one each week to republish on Saturday.
This Comment of the Week is by Jim Thomas, Minneapolis. He responded December 31 to Sheila Regan’s article, TFA training left teacher unprepared for troubled school’s behavior issues.
Let me see if I understand this situation. The Minneapolis Public Schools placed a teach for America (TFA) recruit into a high-needs school with inadequate training. By her own admission this TFA recruit felt she was not adequately trained to handle her classroom of 14 students. This is a perfect example of the problem with placing TFA recruits in high-need schools. It is also an example of the willingness of MPS leadership to experiment with schools that have many high-needs students. There are fully trained elementary education majors coming from our universities who should have been hired ahead of any TFA recruit. This is shameful!