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March 10, 2015

Few in Teach for America Corps Will Stay in Schools, Study Finds

More than 87 percent of Teach for America members do not plan to remain educators throughout their careers, according to an analysis by a nonpartisan research group, a finding that could buttress critics of the nonprofit, which sends recent college graduates into low-income school districts for two-year classroom stints, Bloomberg writes. The attrition rate was more than three times that for non-TFA instructors working in the same subjects, grades, and schools, Mathematica Policy Research found.

A quarter of TFA teachers intended to quit after the current school year, and nearly 43 percent of those planned to leave education altogether. TFA skeptics contend the organization does more harm than good by staffing troubled schools with less-qualified, less-committed teachers. A spokeswoman for the organization said high turnover is a problem throughout the teaching profession. TFA launched pilot programs last year aimed at encouraging recruits to make longer commitments to teaching.