Teach for America, the national organization that helps to train college grads for placement in needy schools, is reportedly undergoing a structural reorganization in the midst of its second consecutive year failing to meet its recruiting targets.
First reported by education activist Diane Ravitch on her blog Monday, and later confirmed by The Washington Post, the news shows the nationwide nonprofit continues to deal with apparent structural instability.
From the Post:
Teach for America, the nonprofit known for placing idealistic and inexperienced teachers in some of the nation’s neediest schools, is cutting 15 percent of its national staff in what the organization described as an effort to give more independence to its more than 50 regional offices around the country.
The organization will cut 250 jobs and add 100 new ones, making for a net loss of 150 jobs.
Since [Teach for America CEO Elisa] Villanueva Beard’s initial announcement, some positions have been eliminated and other staff members have chosen to leave, according to one TFA staff member who asked for anonymity in order to speak candidly about the organization’s internal workings. Many are planning to depart on April 15.
The downsizing comes after a previous round of reductions in which TFA’s national staff shrank by more than 200 positions. The two shake-ups will leave Teach for America with approximately 930 national staff members in fiscal year 2017, 410 fewer than it employed in fiscal year 2015, according to the organization.
Despite years of support from the Obama administration and, at home, Republicans in the N.C. General Assembly, the national nonprofit has been a frequent target for critics who point to high turnover in the organization and short teaching stints for many TFA recruits as evidence for concern.