Why Minnesota teachers union opposes Teach for America

  • Article by: Tom Dooher
  • Updated: June 5, 2013 - 8:15 PM

If $1.5 million is available for education, there are better ways to spend it.

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pumiceJun. 5, 13 6:35 PM

"Local districts pay the TFA organization a finder’s fee, then the districts pay the TFA corps members at the same rate as other new teachers, including those who are fully licensed." This is how The Market works? Pay someone to find and train an inexperienced, less-qualified candidate to work on a short-term basis and produce results in reading and math which are "significantly [lower] than those of credentialed beginning teachers"???

tandabuss1Jun. 5, 13 8:37 PM

Ed MN opposes TFA because TFA teachers are smarter than "credentialed" teachers, more devoted to education than "credentialed" teachers and are likely to outperform "credentialed" teachers if given a few years' chance.

ti1310Jun. 5, 13 8:47 PM

---We seek out new professional development on our own dimes.--- No other profession gets a large bump in pay guaranteed for getting a masters degree.

ti1310Jun. 5, 13 8:52 PM

----The 70,000 educators of Education Minnesota look forward to bringing our ideas to the Department of Education, the governor, legislators or whoever else is willing to keep our schools moving forward for the good of our state.---- really Mr Dooher? When is the union going to ready to get rid of seniority so school district can retain the best teachers, not the ones that have been around the longest. The Steel workers, pipefitters, electricians and several other unions don't have seniority, or tenure, its high time the Teachers union does the same..

drfranktJun. 5, 13 8:54 PM

"Why Minnesota teacher's union opposes Teach for America"...because the union loses out on $1.5 million. That's why! Pure and simple.

braxozJun. 5, 13 9:01 PM

tandabuss1 Jun. 5, 13 8:37 PM Ed MN opposes TFA because TFA teachers are smarter than "credentialed" teachers, more devoted to education than "credentialed" teachers and are likely to outperform "credentialed" teachers if given a few years' chance.________________ Actually, a lot of TFA "teachers" do so to pad their resumes as having "worked in the trenches of urban education", then go on to their real jobs.

nogophersJun. 5, 13 9:03 PM

despite the blather of Mr. Dooher. TFA is an awesome program. Too bad the governor couldn't see beyond the graft he gets from the teachers union.

MrFlamJun. 5, 13 9:04 PM

As an involuntary dues paying member of the teachers union, it's refreshing to see our union boss remember that there is actually an education system in the state. I'm surprised he has the time and energy after all the hard work he has put in defeating voter ID bill, pushing gay marriage, and funding the pro-choice groups in Minnesota. Oh that's right, according to EdMN those ARE education issues and that's why they can take forcibly take money out of teacher's pockets to fund those causes.

ti1310Jun. 5, 13 9:05 PM

----No one knows the value of education dollars in the state budget like Minnesota’s classroom teachers.--- President Tom Dooher, received a total of $192,632 in 2012, followed by Executive Director Karl Aaro at $191,737, General Counsel Anne Krisnik at $179,591, Director of Field Services Gary Westorff at $168,383 and Vice President Paul Mueller at $160, 296. Education Minnesota’s PAC also spent more than $1.8 million on political candidates during 2012 and more than $1 million lobbying at the Minnesota Legislature.

allhailfsmJun. 5, 13 9:09 PM

Tom Dooher would like nothing better than to get that 1.5 Million into his pocket.


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