RoundTable readers continue to discuss Teach For America. Lisa2 wrote yesterday:
Al, it is sad that so many star teachers are leaving the city. Pay is a big reason. I do need to correct you about the teacher union. Virginia is not allowed to have a “union”. We are connected to NEA, but VEA, REA has no power at all. It is merely a teacher association. Let me repeat that – there is NO teacher union of any kind in Virginia.
Also, I do not have an opportunity to work 12 extra weeks. Summer school is very limited and getting more limited every year. And yes, I should make 52000 a year for 10 months. I went to college for 6 years to get my license, I work hard, I pay for classes I need to take to keep my license. Why shouldn’t I make a decent living?