Despite layoffs, Boston is hiring 20 Teach for America newbies this year. The union is furious.
“We don’t need educational mercenaries,” said Keith Johnson, the union’s president. “We don’t feel people can ride in on their white horses and for two years share the virtue of their knowledge as a pit stop on their way to becoming corporate executives. Some don’t last their first year.”
In an Urban Institute study that examined North Carolina high schools between 2000 and 2007, Teach for America recruits were found to be more effective than teachers from traditional teacher training schools in boosting student achievement. The report, released this month, attributed some success to the strong academic credentials of the recruits, but acknowledged that many of the recruits teach for only a few years.
Boston has a program to attract non-education majors, the Boston Teacher Residency program, but it’s not producing enough recruits in high-need areas.