Teaching For Our Children: Why Low-income Communities of Color and Allies Are Calling Upon Teach For America To Evolve

Joe Rogers, Jr.

Last month, Teach For America (TFA) celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a huge summit in Washington, D.C. Thousands of TFA teachers, alumni and supporters from across the country converged on the Washington Convention Center for three days of celebrating, networking and listening to CEO and Founder Wendy Kopp articulate her vision for this much-celebrated organization’s future.

Outside the summit, a small grassroots team of concerned volunteers circulated a petition to Ms. Kopp and her senior leadership insisting that they announce the long overdue reform of TFA’s teacher preparation program in order to better ensure true educational equity and excellence for low-income students of color. Inside, TFA alumni who agreed with the petition’s aims collected additional signatures from TFA corps members, alumni and other participants. To date, nearly 750 signatures have been collected from TFAers, members of our low-income communities of color, and other advocates and allies.  The goal is to collect at least 10,000 signatures by the end of June.

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