Some public school teachers are speaking out against Teach For America, alleging that the organization’s training is insufficient and that it threatens existing jobs. In Chicago earlier this month, critics gathered at the Free Minds, Free People conference to discuss the organization’s role in the local school system.
Katie Osgood, a special education teacher in Chicago, told HuffPost Live Monday that she feels Teach For America educators and leaders have done “extremely damaging reform” to the education system, placing inexperienced teachers with the neediest students and putting other teachers’ jobs at risk.
Justin Fong, Teach For America’s Vice President of Internal Communications, responded during the segment. He acknowledged that the organization has room to grow, but said that overall a lot of good comes out of it and that he hopes the critics can partner with them to build a better education system overall.
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