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Monday, January 18, 2010

But what does it do?

Yes we passed the "Race to the trough" bill. People are asking "I know, but what does it do?"

Not much in it is mandatory. A lot of "May" do this or that, instead of "Will or shall" do this or that. A lot of the bill is also redundant on things we could have been doing for years.

Teachers scores (on if the teacher improved an individual child's performance) "MAY" or "MAY NOT" be used as part (up to 50%) of an evaluation of teacher performance previous to giving them tenure. Tenure "MAY" be granted as late as the 4th year of employment (Or as soon as the first day).

The same teacher evaluation scores have been around for 20 years.

The state "May" take over failing schools if they have failed going on 5 years in a row. The ability to take over failing school systems have been around for years as well without this legislation.

The only semi real change is that teachers evaluation information will be available for the principal to look at on a yearly basis. Parents are still not allowed to see teacher performance scores.

Of course the principal CAN NOT use that information as a way to determine teacher pay or tenure status if the teacher has already achieved tenure unless the state has taken over the school.

When a school is taken over the state can do those things. They always could. Of course, a teacher can quit and take their tenure status to a non failing school and it all starts over or stay and get bonus incentive pay. Either way a teachers pay can not go down.

That is about it. As I said, it is not much.

1 comment:

  1. I am totally agree That, When a school is taken over the state can do those things. They always could. Of course, a teacher can quit and take their tenure status to a non failing school and it all starts over or stay and get bonus incentive pay. Either way a teachers pay can not go down.

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