We Always Knew Scabs for America Was Political
By On The Edge on October 21, 2013
It's just that it has gotten more and more blatant over the years, and it is being helped with billionaire dollars: TFA is now embedding select alumni in congressional offices and in high-ranking jobs in major school districts, including New York City and D.C. It’s providing start-up cash to alumni to launch “game-changing” advocacy groups and business ventures. Its political arm, meanwhile, is recruiting veteran tacticians to identify key levers of power in cities such as Houston — then help alumni seize them.“We don’t have a choice” but to raise up more alumni as leaders, or “in 20 years, we’ll just wake up and find… we have made only incremental progress,” said Elisa Villanueva Beard, co-CEO of Teach for America. “We’ve got to be aggressive.”That prospect alarms Arnold Fege, an advocate for low-income children. . . .
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