Rosebud & Pine Ridge Sioux State-Run Schools to be Run by State-supported Teach for American Programs
I am very concerned about the outreach of the Teach for American program on the Rosebud. I have been pushed out of the very school district that I graduated from by being devalued and treated like an underling.
The Teach for America teachers are being given 100% credit for great things! But what is so great about an increase of at least 2-3% each year in the Drop Out Rate at Todd County High School since the TFA started teaching here? This year our school district will graduate less than 45%!
I knew there was something greater behind it all - some dark, sinister, behind the scenes reason that Teach For America was being promoted. And today, after stumbling along an article that states that there is a SD State Education Committee that has approved a teaching partnership IN NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES with 98% NATIVE AMERICAN CHILDREN BEING EDUCATED without community consent. So instead of moving ahead and gaining the consent of the community the Teach for American Program and Native American Initiative is proposing... they go shoot above our heads as Tribal members and reservation citizens and get the State's permission? So the state determines, once again, the fate of the Indian child?
And who asked us? Who consulted us? This is the usual theme across the newspapers covering news in Indian Country Today, "Tribes were not consulted."
So, I guess the failed legacy of boarding schools was not enough. Now we will live with the eventual failure of the Teach for American STATE RUN EDUCATIONAL TEACHER PROGRAM that eliminates our own Tribal Members and Community Members for years to come!
Reprinted from link on Internet:
Education Committee Approves Teaching PartnershipAir Date:02/24/2012
The House Education Committee has approved a bill to help fund a program to bring teachers to reservation and other low-income schools. Teach for America has been in existence for about a decade. The program gives training to recent college graduates, not necessarily with education degrees, and fills vacancies for schools in underserved areas. State Senator Phyllis Heineman is a supporter of a bill to bring the State Department of Education in for recruitment and funding efforts.
According to Heineman "Teach for America South Dakota started in 2004, in Rosebud and Pine Ridge. Prior to 2004, South Dakota Reservation Schools often would start with vacant classrooms. There were very little applicant pool, and even today, for every high school opening, there's point-eight applicants. For every elementary opening, there's one-point-two applicants."
Heneiman says the new teachers, who come from across the U-S, are helping reduce a gap in test scores and graduation rates between Native and whites students. The State House Education Committee approved the measure, and advanced the grant funding request to the Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee.
VIA: SD Public Broadcasting