The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that the Board should just dismiss the motion regarding the Teach for America contract without voting on it.
First, this is not a Board matter. The hiring decision is a management decision, not a governance decision. The Board should stay out of it.
While the Board could establish a policy about who is eligible for consideration for a teacher job, no such policy now exists. Approving contracts one at a time is not the proper way to set that policy. The District's Careers web site says that all certificated jobs require a valid Washington State teaching certificate, but that rule was not set by the Board. The Superintendent is free to change it.
Second, this contract does not require Board approval because the dollar amount is within the superintendent's authority. The District will be spending zero dollars on this contract, an amount well with the superintendent's authority to approve and well below the amount that requires Board approval.
Third, the contract is superfluous. There is nothing in this contract that could not and would not happen without the contract.
Teach for America corps members are free to apply for teaching jobs at District schools with or without the contract - and they could and would in exactly the same numbers even without the contract.
Principals are free to hire Teach for America corps members for teaching jobs with or without the contract and they could and would in exactly the same numbers even without the contract.
The superintendent is free to request conditional certification for Teach for America corps members hired to teaching posts by principals with or without the contract and she could and would in exactly the same numbers even without the contract.
The third party philanthropic organization is free to pay Teach for America $4,000 for each teacher hired with or without the contract and would in exactly the same numbers even without the contract.
Likewise, all the way through the contract, every section and clause of it could be and would be fulfilled with exactly the same result with or without the contract. The contract is completely superfluous.
The Board should simply dismiss the motion without acting on it. They should dismiss it because it is not a Board matter and it would be improper for the Board to interject itself into a management decision.