Friday, January 13, 2012

Money From Donors, iPads for Free: How Is it That Teach For America's Struggling Corps Are Broke? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

Money From Donors, iPads for Free: How Is it That Teach For America's Struggling Corps Are Broke? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher:

Money From Donors, iPads for Free: How Is it That Teach For America's Struggling Corps Are Broke?

Guest post by Barbara Torre Veltri, Ed. D.

The season of giving might be behind us, but non-profits continue to target donors. Teach For America, Inc., attracts major contributions, but TFA teachers (often referred to as corp members) are raising questions about where the money is being spent. Many TFA teachers take out hefty loans to cover their living expenses as they get trained and begin their placements. These loans must be repaid within thirty days if the teachers leave the program for any reason.

Philanthropists, corporate donors and foundations view Teach For America's as worthy of significant financial support (Ravitch, 2010). The non-profit register, Guide Star, lists TFA as a "public charity."

The Heckscher Foundation for Children notes on it's web site, "We continue to support Teach for America (TFA),

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