With the help of Gates, ALEC, Broad, Waltons, etc., the Federal government is now engaged in a systematic attempt to use public resources to privatize or corporatize public education. From Dora Taylor in Seattle:
In 2009, Teach for America, Inc. (TFA, Inc.) had over $300M in net assets. In 2010, Wendy Kopp received a $50M grant from the government to send unqualified college recruits into the inner city schools to teach our most vulnerable. This money is on top of the fee that she charges a school district for each recruit that is hired. Now Ms. Kopp is shilling for more by lobbying our legislators to cut back on money that would go to decrease class sizes and instead go into her coffers.
Please contact Senator Patty Murray, our representative from the great state of Washington, who sits on the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, and let her know that the money that is assigned to the classrooms should stay in the classrooms and not be used to hire recruits with 5 weeks of “training” to teach our students.