I was present for the Nampa School Board meeting this past Tuesday, and presented along with a few other speakers to the board against signing a contract with TFA.
Sadly, the Trustees voted unanimously to proceed hiring Teach for America recruits starting next school year.
Some interesting items of note came out during the meeting; for example, former Luna Idaho Deputy Superintendent Roger Quarles, now working for the Albertson Foundation, has been working with Teach for America by meeting privately with districts around the state, including Nampa, to help TFA make their pitch.
In addition, it appears that the Albertson Foundation, at least for Nampa, is covering the entirety of the first year head-hunter fee to TFA. Next year the district will be responsible for $1,500 per TFA recruit in their second year, and the price of first year TFA will be negotiated.
A small victory: the district is only signing a one year contract with TFA instead of the traditional two year document. After a year, they will have to make another vote to proceed with their relationship with TFA.
Below is what I presented to the board.