Kira Orange-Jones’ TFA Promotion and LDOE-TFA Contracts

Thanks Mercedes! Does it look like TFA demands an average of at least 1 million per year to you regardless of the justification provided?

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Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) member Kira Orange-Jones is once again in the news, this time for her promotion as state “liaison” for Teach for America (TFA). In August 2012, the ethics board declared no conflict of interest for Jones since her salary “is not in any way dependent on the contracts that TFA gets.”

Jones’ most vocal supporter on the ethics board, Scott Schneider, resigned last month— a coincidence that just happened to immediately follow the publicizing of his own apparent conflict of interest involving TFA’s partnering with Tulane’s Cowen Institute, with which Schneider was affiliated when he argued for Jones to retain her BESE post.

Jones’ salary not being directly affected by TFA contracts is a narrow view of the potential, unethical benefits Jones might enjoy as she sits on a state board that approves TFA contracts.

Why, if former-TFAer John White and Jeb-Bush-positioned BESE were to approve a…

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2 thoughts on “Kira Orange-Jones’ TFA Promotion and LDOE-TFA Contracts

  1. as with most LDOE contracts, it really doesn’t matter what’s written as the description in the contract. BESE member Givens pointed out some issues with the contract wording in 2011, but the TFA contingent got Tipton to come lie about what they were actually doing with the $$. For instance, she asked about why the contract mentioned a PR campaign to recruit teachers to come to N.O. in 2011 there was no Teacher shortage in Orleans so a PR campaign wasnt necessary. When she asked how many La TFA people were from La universities, he said they “recruited” at LSU, Tulane, & Southern. But he failed to say how many actually became corps members. Very few, I’d bet.

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