In response to news that the Walton Family Foundation awarded $4.3 million to Teach for America to send its ill-trained recruits to the Delta, a reader sent this comment:

What upset me most about this award was that the Mississippi Delta is served by our own Mississippi Teacher Corps, which provides more summer training than TFA and a lot more support during the school year. It also requires that its members take coursework at the University of Mississippi leading to a master’s degree in teaching, while attending classes on weekends. Our school has received recruits from both programs, and I can tell that the MTC corps members are much more grounded in the realities of the environments in which they will be placed than the TFA members. I cannot understand why our legislature was so easily swayed away from our own program, unless megabucks have changed hands.