The title of this post says it all. I’ve learned that for the past 2 years Texas taxpayers have been subsidizing TFA about $6 million a year and that for the next two years, through 2021, they are scheduled to receive $5.5 million a year.
You can see the official document here.
And here is the relevant text on page 218:
This is quite a sum of money. TFA provides the state with a report that makes it seem like they are doing a lot with this money, but considering that they recruit about 400 corps members into Texas and only 85% of them even finish their two year commitment, this is a big waste of money. This is about $15,000 per recruit, and that doesn’t include whatever finders fees the districts themselves pay.
Texas didn’t always pay TFA so much money for their services so what would happen if they just simply stopped? The answer is that Texas would save $5.5 million dollars a year. It is not like TFA is going to close up shop in Texas because they can’t afford it. And the quality of the supposed services they provide would not go down either. Their training and support is so minimal, it can’t really get much worse if they had to lower the quality of the things they claim to do with that money.
The scary thing is that this is likely the tip of the iceberg. Who knows what similar agreements are written into the budgets of the other states that TFA places corps members into.