Seattle Public Schools' Agreement with Teach for America was approved by the Board on November 17, 2010. The agreement terminates on August 31, 2014 unless renewed by mutual consent of both parties. I don't believe that a majority of the current Board would vote to extend it. The Agreement has been more divisive than effective.
Teach for America in Seattle has been mostly about angry debate. While the BAR for the Agreement only claimed benefit was a larger candidate pool and the benefits associated with that, the Powerpoint for the Board that came with the vote suggested that Teach for America corps members would make the candidate pool more demographically and educationally diverse and suggested that they were more dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap than other candidates or candidates in general.
The agreement allows Teach for America to continue to collect fees for the first and second year's work for Corps members hired under the Agreement, and, of course, Teach for America will continue to provide a second year of support to corps members hired under the Agreement even after the termination date. So those fees and that last year of support for the few Teach for America corps members hired this year will be around for the 2014-2015 school year.
Here's the tricky part: when the Agreement was made everyone spoke about it being a three year deal. Corps members were hired at the start of the school year in 2011, in 2012, and in 2013. But the contract doesn't terminate until August 31, 2014. That gives corps members an opportunity to get hired in a fourth school year, 2014, so long as the hire gets made by August 31.
Of course, Teach for America corps members could be hired with or without the Agreement. All the Agreement did was obligate the Board to recommend the candidate for conditional certification from the state. Any corps members who get hired and seek the Board's approval of their request for a conditional certificate after August 31 can still get it, but the Board will not be contractually obligated to provide it. Corps members will be on an equal footing with all other teachers hired without a certification in place.
In short, this Agreement never really had much real impact and the termination of the Agreement won't have much real impact. Corps members always were and will continue to be free to apply for teaching jobs at Seattle Public Schools. They will require conditional teaching certificates if they are not already certificated (why doesn't the Education industry use the word "certified"?). The request for a conditional certificate will require Board approval. I have never seen the Board deny a request. Never. And the state doesn't deny them either. In fact, the state agency that receives the requests doesn't even believe they should police them. So the Agreement was mostly public relations - and not particularly good PR. I think Teach for America would have done better to fly below the radar here in Seattle rather than to loudly announce their presence and their plans.
Their plans, by the way, have utterly failed to flower. They were expecting to get about 50 corps members a year hired in the Puget Sound area. They expected to have 100-150 corps members working as teachers by now. Instead, they have about 20-30 - if that many. The alternative teacher certification program developed exclusively for Teach for America corps members at the University of Washington is a huge bust.
I think the Board needs to seriously consider the wisdom of approving motions like this one that requires future Boards to vote to approve future motions. I don't think it's right for the Board to obligate a future Board in that way. For example, there was a companion motion, passed along with the approval of the Agreement, that required a report on the effectiveness of the Agreement before the Agreement could be extended. That rule, of course, doesn't really restrict anything since the Board will accept anything as a "report" from the Superintendent - even if it doesn't contain any of the required elements of that report.