The Temperature – Teacher Evaluation

Teachers would be measured on a 100-point scale, with 20 percent points based on how much students improve on the standardized state exams. Another 20 percent would be based on local tests, which would have to be developed by each school system. After two years, 25 percent would be based on the state exams and 15 percent would come from the local tests.

The remainder of the evaluation will come from observations from principals and other teachers, and other measures. If teachers are rated ineffective for two consecutive years, they would face firing through an expedited hearing process that must conclude within 60 days. Currently hearings can drag on for several months.

NY did not win in round 1 of RTTT. Next deadline is June 1 so this new NY state education – union agreement comes just in time. No immediate impact on pay, but teachers will be categorized as highly effective, effective, developing and ineffective each year instead of the current system of satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

They’re not totally clear, home free yet. Read the rest of this entry »


Filed under: Collective Bargaining, EDUCATION

Today in WTF

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill targeting a school district’s ethnic studies program, hours after a report by United Nations human rights experts condemned the measure.

State schools chief Tom Horne, who has pushed the measure for years, said Tuesday that a Tucson school district program promotes “ethnic chauvinism” and racial resentment toward whites while segregating students by race.

“It’s just like the old South, and it’s long past time that we prohibited it,” Horne said.

How many things are wrong with this? First, let’s state the obvious, ethnic STUDIES in no way equal to SLAVERY.

Second, his reasoning:
Horne said he believes the Mexican-American studies program teaches Latino students that they are oppressed by white people. Public schools should not be encouraging students to resent a particular race, he said.

No, but your local media sure can, and so can your state government, all within “reasonable suspicion” of course.

The district is 56 percent Hispanic, with nearly 31,000 Latino students.

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