A teacher asks a reasonable question: Why are teachers the only ones to be evaluated?
Pay for performance for all in Washington!!
Love the idea? Great crowdsourcing project. Wonder how we should structure this? Should we start with Arne Duncan? Who next? Governor, mayor, state superintendant?
School board, school district CEO, district network superintendents, asst. network superintendents, principals, dept. chairs, teachers, kids and maybe parents?
Consultants, hedge fund managers, charter management company execs?
If you’re interested in the brewing battle in Texas, check out this link. It contains comments from “conservative think tank” reps testifying in the Texas Senate hearings about vouchers and how they view accountability and the use of vouchers to attend private schools. In a nutshell, there should be no accountability for public funds used in this manner. The “accountability” is that parents will leave the school if they are not happy.
NOW I understand the lack of accountability for the Wall Street idiots who cost this nation and its citizens so dearly. Take the above reasoning and apply it to the financial sector. It is incredibly simple!
Citizen A invests his hard earned money with investors. The investors take whatever risks they want, embezzle money, maybe make a few good decisions, break laws that prevent their “creative ” maneuvers, etc. Oops, Citizen A loses most if not all of his investments through the investors actions. No problem, the accountability for the investor is built into the process. Citizen A will now take his money and go somewhere else. The investor loses the customer (his accountability) but suffers no penalty.
But there lies the rub.
Just as the student was robbed of a year of education ( public money was spent, the student got poor services, but the private school was not “punished” other than losing a kid), Citizen A was robbed of his money and cannot get it back ( the investor has no consequence other than losing a customer) How can politicians allow either one of these scenarios? That I’m afraid, is just as simple. Follow the money.
The carpetbaggers are licking their chops!
Losing one student means little when other children are waiting to step in. Wall Street hedge fund managers — who I suppose believe in the free market — like a customer base that has no consumer protections.
I completely agree with this idea and found that the most highly functioning districts operate in this fashion.
I am working on a Race-To-The-Top-District grant and noted that the original RFP called for evaluation of teachers, principals, Superintendents, AND school boards. Guess who got dropped from the list when the final RFP was issued? If you guessed “school boards” you are a highly qualified reader.
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