To: Matthew Kramer, Co-CEO, Teach for America, Elisa Villanueva-Beard, Co-CEO, Teach For America, and Wendy Kopp, Board Chair, Teach for America
Teach For America: Listen to America’s college students!
Stand with college students as they meet with Teach For America's CEOs to hear how TFA is willing to change. Students are taking a stand on their campuses to defend teachers and American public education at large against Teach For America's toxic corporate-backed education reform.
Why is this important?
On September 24, United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) sent a letter to Teach for America on behalf of their 150 local student chapters across the country. USAS explained that they are launching groundbreaking campaigns to sever institutional ties between our universities and TFA, unless they agree to move away from lending a hand to corporate behemoths like Walmart and Goldman Sachs in destroying our public education system, and move towards building a better, fully public education system. Students are asking TFA to agree to the following:
1. TFA must only operate in areas where there are actual teacher shortages, instead of pursuing aggressive expansion that displaces lifelong teachers.
2. TFA must give aspiring teachers adequate education and training.
3. TFA must cut ties with corporations like Walmart and Goldman Sachs.
Student leaders from across the country are meeting with TFA to see how they respond to our national campaign demands in person. Sign the petition to show you support students’ work and encourage TFA to change.