Teach For America's Effectiveness Rests Beyond the Initial Two Years

Note: This piece is part of a continuing debate series on education reform in America. For an opposing perspective, see PolicyMic Contributing Writer Julia Gregory's article on this topic.

Teach For America (TFA) has been consistently active in the national debate on educational reform, with both President Barack Obama's and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's nodding their heads to the program. Supporters have argued that TFA is providing many low-income classrooms, both urban and rural, with a critical need: fresh teachers. Critics assert that TFA does little more than allow college graduates to build their resumes with two years of teaching experience and then move on to the rest of their lives, leaving communities behind.

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