TFA Creates Rapid Response Unit to Rebut Critics Like Gary Rubenstein

Diane Ravitch's blog

This is an unintentionally hilarious story. Teach for America has created a rapid response unit to reply to critics and protect their brand. 

Instead of listening to thoughtful critics like Gary Rubinstein, they plan to spend half a million or more to dispute him. Hey, Gary, you are scaring them!

A nonprofit group has begun a public relations campaign to defend Teach for America against critics of the program that places newly minted college graduates in teaching jobs in some of the country’s most challenging classrooms.

The new campaign, called Corps Knowledge, is an offshoot of the New York Campaign for Achievement Now (NYCAN), a network that supports public charter schools and school choice and wants to weaken teacher tenure laws.

Derrell Bradford, NYCAN’s executive director, said the campaign aims to counter attacks on Teach for America’s image, which some people loyal to the program think has been damaged by…

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