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Gabi Hayes

(28,795 posts)
18. I work in the largest Illinois elementary district outside chicago
Tue Sep 11, 2012, 01:43 PM
Sep 2012

the new teacher contract has effectively eliminated 'tenure' protection for teachers by its radical revision of evaluation procedures

if a principal wants to get rid of ANY teacher, regardless of 'time served,' he merely uses the highly subjective 'criteria' enumerated in the contract to serve notice on the hapless, 'underperforming' teacher

the whole point of tenure, of course, is to protect teachers from arbitrary dismissal, based upon adminstrative whim

the new contract throws the process almost completely over to the administration, with a useless 'appeal' process to which 'underperforming' miscreants must pursue when they've received an unsatisfactory evaluation, followed by their failure to rehabilitate their methods under admin supervision. it's already happening, and several EXCELLENT teachers in our building are being subjected to this process, as they disagree with the principal's doctrinaire, high-stakes-testing-as-be-all-endall measure of student progress

the union was ineffective in getting much of what they wanted in the bargaining process WRT the evaluation process, and this is the wave of the future

as Tama, I believe, said, it looks to be the sad future of corporate/privatized education in the future

vouchers for ALL!! (including medicare)

None of the above. They should let Chicago politicians & the teacher's union work this out. jillan Sep 2012 #1
it's an issue with national repercussions, and even if teachers stick to local resources... yurbud Sep 2012 #5
It's A Union Issue... KharmaTrain Sep 2012 #17
Absolutely. randome Sep 2012 #25
He'll have to decide what will do him the most good politically rocktivity Sep 2012 #2
I disagree standingtall Sep 2012 #22
I posted a shorter version as a White House petition: yurbud Sep 2012 #3
Well tama Sep 2012 #4
the real challenge won't come until they can no longer pretend the corpse of the GOP is twisting yurbud Sep 2012 #6
Remember Oaxaca tama Sep 2012 #9
I hope you're right. yurbud Sep 2012 #26
I think Obama should not be commenting on this. However, I feel Arne Duncan mfcorey1 Sep 2012 #7
How about tama Sep 2012 #11
I agree, but don't know how one "fairly evaluates" public school teachers. cr8tvlde Sep 2012 #14
If only there was such a thing as a 'generic teacher's ... YvonneCa Sep 2012 #15
And there was Rahm during the DNC looking awe stricken at the speakers... cr8tvlde Sep 2012 #8
People should always come before profit. porphyrian Sep 2012 #10
can you imagine if we applied the same kind of "accountability" to Wall Street as we do public yurbud Sep 2012 #12
Ha! I'd love that - profits tied to their "report card..." n/t porphyrian Sep 2012 #13
a) which people? lumberjack_jeff Sep 2012 #16
All people, all profit. porphyrian Sep 2012 #19
I work in the largest Illinois elementary district outside chicago Gabi Hayes Sep 2012 #18
We are still the majority, and in an information age, power can't be consolidated yurbud Sep 2012 #20
This administration and the president have *already* taken their stand, by continuing & intensifying HiPointDem Sep 2012 #21
it's worth drawing attention to the fact that it's different than what Democratic voters want yurbud Sep 2012 #23
agreed. HiPointDem Sep 2012 #24
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