theodp writes: Fox News is up-in-arms again over Bill Ayers, this time for calling Teach for America a 'fraud' whose participants are nothing but 'educational tourists'. Ayers suggests the program's young grads are merely passing through the gritty neighborhoods where they serve to pad their resumes at the expense of longer-term educators. As Ayers notes, his complaints about TFA echo those leveled by The Onion at the program's idealistic-but-sometimes-here-today-gone-tomorrow teachers. According to Teach for America, just north of 7,000 of the 24,000 teachers it has deployed since its inception were still teaching as of 2011. Teach for America enjoys the generous financial support of would-be education reformer billionaires (e.g., Gates, Dell, Bezos, Murdoch), their corporations, and tax-exempt foundations.
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