Category Archives: tfa rants

Bait-and-Switch For America

It’s that time of year again when the first crop of new TFA recruits receive their acceptance letters. Over the past year, TFA has taken quite a deserved beating in social media.  Its been so bad that they have created … Continue reading

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TFA tries, yet fails, to honor teachers

Last week TFA held their annual educator’s conference in Las Vegas. TFA claims that 2/3 of the 30,000 alumni are still ‘in education’ so one would expect this event to have quite a turnout. My understanding is that about 1,000 … Continue reading

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Advice to the 2014 TFA Corps Members

Please allow me to introduce myself.  I’m Gary Rubinstein, TFA Houston 1991.  Yes, that’s a long time ago.  You likely were born in 1992 so I was doing TFA before you were born.  That doesn’t mean that I’m necessarily smarter … Continue reading

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‘What’s Next? at TFA’ webcast. Spoiler alert: More of the same

TFA has been recently taking a beating in social media.  Whether in response to this, or if it is just something that’s been planned for a while, the two co-CEOs Elisa Villanueva-Beard and Matt Kramer were part of a live … Continue reading

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Open Letters To ‘D-List’ Reformers I Know. Part 1: Justin ‘Juice’ Fong

A little over a year ago, I wrote a series of open letters to ‘reformers’ I’ve known throughout the years.  I was not surprised that the majority of them did not respond.  On average, they each are making over $350K … Continue reading

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Open Letters To ‘B-List’ Reformers I Know. Part 2: Elisa Villanueva-Beard and Matt Kramer

On February 12, 2013, founder and long time CEO of TFA, Wendy Kopp, stepped down.  Two new co-CEOs were appointed, Elisa Villanueva-Beard and Matt Kramer. Elisa was a 1998 corps member and Matt had never taught.  Both were working as … Continue reading

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My advice to TFA staffers: Quit For America

The organization of TFA is a bit like a pyramid scheme.  There are a bunch of VPs who are making a lot of money for a non-profit, certainly six figures.  Then there are the majority of staffers, people who work … Continue reading

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