This bill isn't radical. It brings data into the evaluative process, but doesn't pretend a teacher's effectiveness can be judged on a single state test. It balances the rights of teachers with the personnel freedom administrators need.
The contract's approach to charter schools mandates unionization, guarantees no layoffs, preserves grievance procedures, and keeps in place staff transfer rights. Reform with a union twist, one might say.
Last week, the press reported something that most teachers found unbelievable: Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, said that teachers should be evaluated by their students' test scores.
With a poverty crisis affecting one in six children in America, we need new ways to raise awareness and engage more Americans in this tragic yet reversible situation. Perhaps the best resource for advocacy is kids themselves.
The National Governors Association (NGA) and its educational arm, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), are writing national educational standards for mathematics and English language arts to be implemented by America's K-12 teachers -- with virtually no input from them.