What’s Round On The End And “High” In The Middle? Ohio’s $20K Finder’s Fee For Each TFA Corps Member.

Yesterday I reported that Texas pays TFA $5.5 million a year for 400 new recruits.  I speculated that TFA probably has similar arrangements in other states.  Today I learned that the latest Ohio House Bill 166 budget allocates $2 million a year for TFA.  A bargain?  Not quite.  While Texas gets 400 new TFA corps members a year, Ohio only gets 103 new corps members a year.  This works out to about $20,000 per corps member.

The entire HB 166 can be found here.

On page 3166 to 3177, lines 97517 to 97525 it says:

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As I mentioned yesterday, these states do not have to agree to this.  TFA is not going to close up shop just because these states refuse to subsidize them.  It is completely wasted taxpayer money.

This tip was sent to me by a reader in Ohio.  If you are in another TFA state and can find out what your state is paying per corps members, let me know.  Right now Ohio is the King Of The Hill at $20K per recruit.

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9 Responses to What’s Round On The End And “High” In The Middle? Ohio’s $20K Finder’s Fee For Each TFA Corps Member.

  1. Pingback: Gary Rubenstein: Guess Which State Pays the Most for Its TFA Teachers? | Diane Ravitch's blog

  2. Laura H. Chapman says:

    Obsene, But thanks for the information.
    Now there needs to be big-time questioning of every politician that signed off on this absurdity, and an accurate accounting of TFA’s funding from billionaires.

  3. bethree5 says:

    It would also be interesting to know the # of TFA alums in Ohio’s Dept of Ed or other positions affecting ed policy. 6 yrs ago Tony Bennett bragged that “TFA alums hold top posts in state education policy” [https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/controversial-teaching-program-may-come-ohio/yEZkBJmwLB4qRMzGJtZ6YN/] And TFA has a DC-based PAC called Leadership for Educational Equity that supports Teach for America alumni running for public office.

  4. Pingback: Toto, I Have A Feeling We’re Not In The State That Paid TFA A Finder’s Fee Of $90K Per Recruit Anymore | Gary Rubinstein's Blog

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  6. So far, I have found a $5K/TFA corps member in Shelby County schools (Memphis, TN). But the data is from 2013

    *Shelby County’s merged school board voted 5-2 to keep its contract with Teach For America at last night’s board meeting, despite concerns about the program’s recruitment fee.

    The district will pay $1.9 million to Teach For America, or TFA, over the next two years to place a cohort of up to 125 teachers. That represents a $5,000 per teacher, per year fee to the organization, which goes to TFA, not to individual teachers recruited.*

    https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2013/11/27/teach-for-america-contract-in-memphis-area-approved-despite-concerns/

  7. So the situation closer to the present (2016) is that Shelby County Schools pays $5K/year for each TFA recruit if the teachers stays in Memphis. This means more like $10K per TFA teacher.

    See the argument in the comments at the end of the article

    https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2016/02/22/as-teach-for-america-marks-10-years-in-memphis-contract-with-shelby-county-schools-faces-scrutiny-under-tight-budget/?comments=true#disqus_thread

    I think a contract also stipulates that SCS MUST hire a certain number of TFA teachers each year.

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