I had been waiting for this story to come out. It's just what I thought because it is the reality of TFA in the Puget Sound region. No real success at all. Districts? Just not interested or finding plenty of fully-qualified teachers right here in Washington State.
From Non-Profit Quarterly:
Maldonado was also feeling the conflict, but also noted that TFA’s
national office had stumbled in dealing with the challenges in Seattle.
Maldonado said that “TFA just hadn’t done the research” and “national
staff came off as ‘arrogant…they were assigning the blame to everyone
TFA’s original 38 approved applicants had been reduced to just 13,
serving ten schools, only three of which addressed the high-needs
population, a critical part of TFA’s mission. An official with TFA cited
that the issues in Seattle were a “complete aberration” by the
I found this statement funny:
TFA in Seattle has made adjustments following the backlash. Lindsay Hill,
the Seattle TFA Director, has eliminated all district fees, stating,
“We have to make sure that our vision and our strategy meet our
Meaning, if we don't end fees, we may end up with NO districts hiring because no one is seeing the value of TFA and the bottom line to their budgets.