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Does TFA (Illegally) Take A Side On Recent Teacher Strikes?

February 11, 2019

Former Teach for America (TFA) corps member-gone-NY-career math teacher, Gary Rubinstein, explores TFA’s efforts to pressure its corps members not to participate in teacher strikes in the districts in which they are temporarily assigned. Really informative perspective from Rubinstein.

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When teachers in a school district decide to go on strike, Teach For America corps members who teach in public schools in that district have a decision to make.  This happened in the 2012 Chicago strike, the recent Los Angeles strike, and the upcoming Denver strike.

Teach For America says, and they have to as a non-profit, that they cannot take a position, one way or the other, on the strike.  They can neither encourage nor discourage their corps members from participating in these strikes, by law.

So it seems, then, to be a pretty easy decision for corps member.  Considering that they would be risking becoming pariahs in their own schools after the few days of the strike, it would not be worth it to cross the picket line.  But there is another caveat — Teach For America corps members are also part of something called AmeriCorps, which provides…

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