Behind the Headline: Teach for America To Cut National Staff by 15 Percent

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Teach for America To Cut National Staff by 15 Percent
Washington Post | 3/22/2016

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Education Next | Summer 2013


ednext-march16-ototn-tfaTeach for America has announced that it will cut 15 percent of its national staff and give more independence to its regional offices, Emma Brown reports in the Washington Post.

[CEO Elisa] Villanueva Beard said she has “never been more optimistic” about the organization’s future. The retooling means that the national staff will be less focused on managing growth and more focused on helping regional offices learn from one another’s successes and missteps.

“We went through a massive growth phase that has given us the strength of the size and scale and diversity of our community,” she said. “It’s us asking, how do we leverage that? We’re in a different phase of our organizational life.”

Emma Brown notes that

This year, Teach for America failed to hit recruiting targets for the third consecutive year; its leaders have attributed the recruitment troubles to the same dynamics that are driving teacher shortages in communities nationwide.

Teach for America celebrated its 25th anniversary just a few weeks ago.

June Kronholz wrote for EdNext about changes taking place Teach for America in 2013, when Wendy Kopp was just handing over the reins to new co-chief executives Elisa Villanueva Beard and Matt Kramer.

— Education Next

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