Until recently, I didn't know anything about Teach For America. When I was laid off at the end of the school year, I was told that it was because there were so many language arts teachers in my building. I had been there for 2 years. Naturally, I assumed that the other "new" language arts teacher, who had only taught for 1 year, had been laid off, too. Later on in the summer, I was told by another teacher that she had not been let go because she was in Teach For America and had a 2 year contract. This is not fair. I have nothing against the other teacher personally, but I had senority over her and nothing that I saw suggested that she was a better teacher than me. I had an interview in another district Monday and another applicant came in while I was waiting. She was a Teach For America candidate. In all fairness, I don't know if she was hired or not (the names of the teachers are not on the school website yet). What I do know is that, from their website, over 30 Teach For America candidates were placed in this area last year and apparently they are placing more this year. There are already teachers here who have worked very hard to get their teaching credential. I tried for 3 years to get hired before I got my job and now I am unemployed again. Teach For America might be a good thing for areas with actual teacher shortages (if such a place exists in the U.S., which I doubt), but for other areas, all they are doing is taking jobs from those of us who have lived here all their lives and are trying to support families while fulfilling the calling on our lives (teaching). Is this fair? I don't think so.