"There is simply no 'large and growing body of evidence' suggesting TFA corps 'members make as much of an impact on student achievement as veteran teachers.' In fact, there is a growing body of research suggesting otherwise, that TFA members have a negative impact on student achievement." (Kovacs, 2011)
"She said she wouldn't use Teach for America teachers with the district's high-achieving students because those children's teachers already are succeeding, she said."
"Corps members are selected because they are smart and energetic college graduates. They have majors in all fields of study and receive an intensive five weeks of training by TFA to teach in at-risk or failing schools. They tend to have what Charleston County School Superintendent Nancy McGinley calls 'missionary zeal.'"
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