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ERIC Number: EJ1092012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb-8
Pages: 42
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1068 2341
Teach for America's Paradoxical Diversity Initiative: Race, Policy, and Black Teacher Displacement in Urban Public Schools
White, Terrenda
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v24 n16 Feb 2016
This article examines the paradox of Teach For America's diversity gains and its support for policies that contribute to Black teacher decline in urban communities. TFA has countered claims that its expansion is connected to teacher displacement, but its two-pronged structure--as an alternative certification program and an influential policy actor via its leadership model for education reform--requires a critical analysis of the impact of its policy commitments on Black teachers. I propose steps to better align TFA's policy orientations with its diversity values by leveraging TFA's policy influence to support better working conditions for teachers in urban schools, democratic school turnarounds, and teacher organizing linked to broad social justice movements.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; Illinois; Louisiana; Pennsylvania
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