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Petitioning Founder and Chair of the Board, Teach for America Wendy Kopp and 8 others

Tell Teach For America To Give Low-Income Children Of Color Well-Prepared Teachers

In February 2011, Teach For America (TFA) wrapped up its 20th Anniversary Summit in Washington, D.C. Thousands of TFA teachers, alumni and supporters converged on our nation's capitol to celebrate, reconnect and hear then-CEO and Founder Wendy Kopp's vision for TFA's future. Unfortunately, instead of using that momentous occasion to announce the long overdue evolution of TFA's teacher preparation model, Ms. Kopp and her organization chose to double down. Gambling with and skimping on the educational opportunities of mostly Black and Latino children living in poverty, instead of providing the excellent learning resources our children need and deserve, including well-prepared teachers, is an insult and an injustice. 

Currently, TFA systematically assigns brand-new teachers with only five weeks of summer school training to Black and Latino children in low-income communities. In addition, few TFA teachers remain in the classroom beyond TFA’s two-year requirement, depriving our children of experienced educators. These are bold injustices in a perpetually unfair education system that denies our children the critical resources they deserve and need to reach their full potential. The status quo educational inequity that assigns well-prepared teachers to middle class and wealthy White children and inadequately prepared teachers to our children must end.  

Thousands of parents, students, TFA alumni, and members and allies of low-income communities of color are starting to demand better preparation for TFA corps members. Please join us in telling Wendy Kopp to reform Teach for America's model so teachers assigned to our communities receive at least a full year of high quality, school-based preparation before they assume responsibility for their own classroom and our children's education!

This petition was delivered to:
  • Founder and Chair of the Board, Teach for America
    Wendy Kopp
  • Co-CEO, Teach for America
    Matthew Kramer
  • Co-CEO, Teach for America
    Elisa Villanueva Beard
  • Executive Vice President, Teacher Preparation, Support and Development, Teach for America
    Susan Asiyanbi
  • Executive Vice President, Strategy, Innovation and Organizational Development, Teach for America
    Jeff Wetzler
  • Executive Vice President, Regional Operations, Teach for America
    Kwame Griffith
  • Executive Vice President for Recruitment & Admissions, Teach for America
    Elissa Kim
  • Executive Vice President of Growth, Development, and Partnerships, Teach for America
    Eric Scroggins
  • Executive Vice President of Alumni Affairs, Teach for America
    Andrea Stouder Pursley

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