“As a number of people have noted, TFA runs a budget of almost $500,000,000 for 9,000 teachers, or a cost above salary of around [$]55,000 for each placement.
Van Roekel’s actions totally undermined the effective push back against TFA that was well underway.
Beyond that, anyone with any understanding of how things play in politics and policy should have understood that Van Roekel doing this op ed with Kopp would have had precisely the impact it did.” –from the TeacherKen DailyKos piece.
Daily Kos: Some people just don’t get it
As I wrote in What if you feel betrayed by your union’s leadership?, the President of the National Education Association, Dennis Van Roekel, by doing this USA op ed with Wendy Kopp of Teach for America, gave support to TFA while undercutting support for unions and their teachers.