Dr. Rose Hamway (TUSD Whistleblower) 
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Re: “"Teach For America" And Sunnyside, Continued

Dear Frasier. Nth at is not what the Federal Government said. Not sure how you know me. You may want to comment on TFA rather than post your comment. I know my truth and try and so do those who know me and work with me. Have a great day.

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Posted by Dr. Rose Hamway (TUSD Whistleblower) on 04/04/2014 at 4:31 PM

Re: “"Teach For America" And Sunnyside, Continued

I fell upon this article and find it interesting. I spent 3 months working in the Detroit Public Schools last year, in one of the most dangerous U.S. Neighborhoods. Recruiting teachers is nearly impossible. Thank God for the TFA staff. Most important, they possess the heart and passion which is what the kids needed. Your responders are right regarding the teacher's lack of experience in core instruction of Readin, Math, and, Writing. But wether you are a new graduate or TFA, true teaching develops in the early years.

So what does the district do to support TFA? Nothing. Similar to what many administrations do with even the best teachers. If you are experienced and show positive results, they load you up, until teaching becomes impossible. If you are a novice, we fail to provide interventions that cost a bit of money (Read Naturally, Fast Forword) and continue to spend more on administrative costs and standardized testing like AIMS and PARCC?. Some of those costs come from the increased disciplinary issues that result when we fail to reach the child and they begin to feel like failures and act out.

You see, schools can promote each child's learning when we support the team. Does a Neurosurgeon go into surgery on a difficult case alone. Or does she bring a team that supports her, residents that can learn, and staff that insures the operating room is clean and sterile. Everyone works together for the patient. Not in school. And we wonder why children are failing. We are failing them.

The Fish Stinks From the Head. Sunny side has a known criminal type leading the team. Tucson Unified School District brought in a Narcissist named Pedicone who was paid $1000 a day to stay on ( after failing the district miserably and violating everyone's faith and hope for honest and transparency) to train Dr Sanchez in what does not work. The list goes on and on.

Instead of paying a known failure to train a new superintendent, how about spending $30,000 to hire good teachers to mentor new teachers? Hmmm. What an idea. So, as far as TFA is concerned, it is just another bandaid on a system of administrative and legislative failures. Who else are we going to get to work in these schools with miserable pay and abusive and demoralizing environments?

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Posted by Dr. Rose Hamway (TUSD Whistleblower) on 04/04/2014 at 9:22 AM

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