The deal is simple. Unlike 'real teachers' who go through a program designed over four years to produce a real teacher....this is a program where some pitiful school districts (Philly, Washington DC, Chicago, Miami, Detroit, New York City, Memphis, etc) all get a chance to go out and grab a fresh batch of college graduates to make into teachers real quick.
The neat thing (probably stupid in this case) is that they were all plain college kids with no ambition for being a teacher....so none of the classes over four years was in this area of study. Over this summer, they underwent what you'd describe as a boot-camp deal....roughly eight weeks....to get them ready for school instruction.
You can imagine Karl Jr, who finally got his degree in journalism and there's really no market for him....and here's this great deal for a teacher job....paying a minimum of $45k a year as a rookie teacher.
The teacher unions aren't happy because these punks aren't really trained or prepared. But you can't turn down a free deal.
Adding to this mess...you have to imagine taking a 22-year old kid and putting into a modern school. If it's the third grade....no problem. If this is the 8th grade in Boston? Well...you are pretty screwed as a 22-year old teacher and trying to take charge of a bunch of punks.
I'm guessing this is a failed program and folks will admit it in twelve months. One out of four teachers will quit in the first six months, and another one will quit by the end of the first year. Luckily, we only wasted around $50 million on this deal. But there's likely already another batch of 2011 teachers in the line already and another $50 million will be spent by then.