In a deft move, governor resurrects merit pay framework at 11th hour

The governor successfully and deftly attached a merit pay framework to another bill passed Tuesday by a House Education subcommittee and then the full  committee, surprising and disappointing representatives of the state’s two largest teacher organizations, both of whom said they were unaware that the amendment was coming and that teachers will be angered over the political maneuvering. Now, the bill goes to the full House next week for what promises to be a spirited debate.

Representatives of the Georgia Association of Educators and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators expressed dismay that the House Education Committee would act on such a complex topic on the 37th day of the 40-day General Assembly session and without teacher input.

But as House Education vice-chair Fran Millar noted, the state had another deadline that forced the rapid action — Georgia’s reapplication for a federal Race to the Top grant in which performance pay is a key component to land the prize. Georgia came in third in the first round, in which only two states, Delaware and Tennessee, won grants. The state has vowed to come out a winner in round 2.

“This is also about $500 million,” said Millar, in a slight overestimation of how much Georgia could get  if it won a Race to the Top grant. “This is one of the criteria to be in the Race to the  Top game. So, if we’re going to be in the game, let’s be in the game.”

With that, the committee gave its blessing to the amendment, but not before state Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson) asked, “Are we trying to do an end run on merit pay here?”  (The educators in the hearing room responded “yes.”)

To be clear, the language attached late this afternoon to Senate Bill 521 at the behest of  Gov. Sonny Perdue does not mention merit or performance pay or reference the salary schedule. The governor could not get an outright merit pay bill through the Senate this session, but clearly was determined to offer the feds some proof that Georgia is at least laying the groundwork for a system that pays teachers based on how successful they are with their students.

The Perdue amendment takes a more indirect route, requiring statewide uniform teacher evaluations created and enacted by the state Board of Education by July 1, 2011. That single evaluation tool for teachers can take into consideration several factors, including student progress on standardized tests, peer review and parental input.

In a concession, the House Education Committee softened the language sought by the governor’s office, which wanted the bill to mandate that 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation depend on a measure of student progress as reflected in test scores.

Now, the bill says that the statewide evaluation tool to be developed by the state board and used by every school system may consider student progress in deciding how well a teacher performs. However, the change was a hollow victory because the state board of education could easily reinsert the mandate language. The bill gives the governor-appointed school board free hand in developing the evaluation instrument and terms. This clearly paves the way for merit pay, said Herb Garrett of the Georgia School Superintendents Association.

As PAGE member Margaret Ciccarelli explained, the evaluations that teachers receive influences whether they are deemed unsatisfactory for two or more years, which, in turn, can lead to dismissal or a salary freeze. It is not accurate, she said, to contend that the teacher evaluation is not linked in any meaningful to salary.

While PAGE shared the belief that student performance and teacher evaluations should somehow be linked in the future, Ciccarelli told the House committee,  “Day 37 is not the time to do it.”

She was followed to the podium by Marcus Downs of GAE. He told the committee that Georgia lost out in the first round of Race to the Top not only because it had no merit pay plan in the works, but because it failed to have all education stakeholders at the table, including teachers. “Our input was not sought. We were again not part of the discussion that was just held,” he said.

Downs was particularly upset that the Senate education committee had only this morning taken up Senate Resolution 1290, which said, in part:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA that there is created the Joint Study Committee on Performance Based Salaries for Teachers to be composed of 12 members as follows: three members of the Senate to be appointed by the Lieutenant Governor, three members of the House of Representatives to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, three local board of education members to be appointed by the Governor, and three teachers, one each to be appointed by the Governor, the Georgia Association of Educators, and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators.

Committee members expressed concern about whether there was enough time to tackle such a controversial issue, but in the end most  voted for it. It passed 12 to 2.

House members did pepper Erin Hames, the governor’s policy director, with questions about how this would impact the investment thus far in Class Keys, an evaluation system now being piloted in 1,200 Georgia schools.

Here are points that Hames mades about Class Keys in response to the committee questions:

- The state has spent $600,000 on Class Keys, all federal dollars. It hopes to build on Class Keys rather than discard it in developing a single uniform way of evaluating teachers. (The state would also develop companion tools to assess principals and assistant principals.)

-  The Class Keys evaluation instrument is now in the “validation” phase to see how it is working. One issue is that Class Keys does not now contain a student progress component so that would have to be developed by DOE in rapid fashion to start using it in 2011.

-  Only 30 percent of Georgia teachers teach classes where there are standardized tests that could be used in their performance evaluations to assess student progress. That means some other measure of student progress would have to be developed for 70 percent of the state’s teachers. Hames was confident that could be done, and would seek the input of teachers to do so.

In noting the objections of GAE and Page, Perdue spokesman Bert Brantley cited a teachers survey done by the governor’s office in November and December and the response to questions on whether teachers should be evaluated on student performance. The governor’s office maintains that eight out of 10 teachers favor it.

“It seems like PAGE and GAE are out of touch with what teachers actually believe…’Teachers should be evaluated both on classroom observation and the degree to which their students have grown academically” — 81 percent,”’ said Brantley in an e-mail.

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ScienceTeacher671

April 20th, 2010
10:11 pm

The GTOI was a “common evaluation instrument”. So far, many districts have rejected Class Keys as too complex and unworkable. Who knows what the proposed instrument would be like.

Like many here, I feel the push towards “merit pay” is actually an attempt to lower teacher salaries.

I don’t see that the state has made any attempt to involve teachers or teachers’ groups in the process, and I regard that as a very bad sign.

So far I don’t see anything happening that would encourage the “best and the brightest” of the current crop of college students to enter the educational field.

WideAwake

April 20th, 2010
10:14 pm

Also, the mainstreaming of America’s children with fewer resources is a bad idea.

A teacher in my school has a class of 5 special needs, 4 not identified yet, and 2 who knows their rights out of a class of 22 students—what does a teacher do? I love the profession but I am considering other opportunities that would appreciate my skills and expertise.

Fericita

April 20th, 2010
10:17 pm

We use the Class Keys as a teacher evaulation in Cobb County. It’s very thorough, but I doubt principals/APs will really be able to observe all of the components before judging the teachers. Also, according to the Class Keys, the highest a teacher can receive on their evaluation is “proficient,” which is equivalent to meeting standards. With last year’s system, the highest mark was “exceeds.”

Mikey D

April 20th, 2010
10:17 pm

Hey Happy… just curious — if you’re emailing representatives like mad, how many are responding? Honestly, I can’t get a single call or email returned from my senator or rep.

Happy Teacher

April 20th, 2010
10:22 pm

I get a few… a lot of them just go directly to talking points, but I have gotten some thoughtful responses. I think having the op-ed probably gets me more reponses than other teachers though.

I just try to use the avenues we have open to us. I would be very interested to hear other ideas about action we could take. I rack my brain trying to figure out ways to get our voices heard more, no matter what poitions we hold. Might be a good blog topic?

JACKTEACH

April 20th, 2010
10:41 pm

Perdue is a sorry turd for doing this last minute political terrorism on teachers. Teachers in Georgia do not deserve this poor treatment. I hope every teacher in Georgia calls their reps and the Governors office. Even in the middle of Sonny’s CRCT test for tards season, teachers should raise hell. If it does not work, all teachers should call in sick one day per week until the idiots get the message.

redweather

April 20th, 2010
10:41 pm

According to the survey results, 86% of those responding would want their children taught by teachers at their school. So the bad teachers are almost always people the respondents don’t work with? How could that be?

Can't run from this

April 20th, 2010
10:42 pm

Happy Teacher no getting around the fact you are asking teachers to support legislation their pay when even those who would do it admit THEY LITERALLY HAVE NO IDEA of the specifics.

Who would embrace a pay system where the employer said You’re stated rate is changing but your pay will be based on SOMETHING WE REFUSE TO DISCLOSE to you?

But you want teachers to take it on faith that the legislature will operate in good faith as they DISMANTLE the current structure?

And you don’t why some people are not happy about it?

18 years as a teacher

April 20th, 2010
10:51 pm

I am speechless. I feel like I’ve been run over. I just can’t believe that this kind of asinine stunt actually happened.

18 years as a teacher

April 20th, 2010
10:53 pm

I’m also wondering how much time there would even be to contact anyone in the legislature since I’m proctoring the CRCT in the morning. So would it reflect poorly on a teacher’s evaluation if a student in his/her class is retained in that grade? Just wondering. Too many questions and no time to get the answers.

RBN

April 20th, 2010
10:56 pm

To get heard more organize and join together. If all 120,000 teachers would get active we would own the Gold Dome.

Thoughtful in Cobb

April 20th, 2010
11:14 pm

If you thought there was grade inflation before today, just wait until teachers realize that parent surveys will impact their salaries. Boy oh boy … boost those grades and make EVERYBODY happy! The ethics just went out the window.

What HOPE Scholarship did not do to reality in grading, this asinine plan just did. Think about it: Survey parents and students and make that information part of a teacher’s merit pay. Does that really make good sense? If you think there are poor teachers lurking in the hallways, try the idea of negligent parents coming out of the woodwork with their axes to grind. Didn’t let my Johnny make up his test 3 weeks late? Give me that survey! Can’t let my child turn in a research paper a month overdue? Let me at that teacher – I’ll kill her merit pay! Give my child a B, will you? I’ll show you! What do you mean it’s not a completion grade? Well, I’ll show you!

Think we don’t hear some (not much, but some) of this? Come do our jobs for a year. Not a day. A year. Do you realize we are teacher who have to be on campus at around 7:00 a.m. in the morning, yet we are still at the computers? Most of us have been doing schoolwork until late this evening for no pay. And now this. Shameful, Sonny, just shameful!

HISTORY TEACHER

April 20th, 2010
11:41 pm

“In noting the objections of GAE and Page, Perdue spokesman Bert Brantley cited a teachers survey done by the governor’s office in November and December and the response to questions on whether teachers should be evaluated on student performance. The governor’s office maintains that eight out of 10 teachers favor it. “It seems like PAGE and GAE are out of touch with what teachers actually believe…’Teachers should be evaluated both on classroom observation and the degree to which their students have grown academically” — 81 percent,”’ said Brantley in an e-mail.”

MR. BRANTLEY JUST BECAUSE YOU SAY SOMETHING OVER AND OVER DOES NOT MAKE IT TRUE. IT JUST MEANS YOU ARE A LIAR.

Reality

April 20th, 2010
11:42 pm

@Happy Teacher,

Actually, I am not at all concerned for me. I have always gotten my students to perform – mostly because I do teach in North Fulton where the parents are VERY involved and do parent their kids to do their homework and to study.

However, I also used to teach in another area school system where it was totally different. Parents would ALWAYS blame teachers for their childs failure even though those same parents would have no clue where their child was at 1 AM. It is those teachers that would horribly treated with any type of merit pay system.

I am a caring enough person to be concerned for ALL professionals that work our tail off and do OUR job only to have students that don’t do THEIR part. And, our pay is supposed to be tied to it? Heck NO WAY!

Reality

April 20th, 2010
11:43 pm

@RBN -

In order to “organize” as you describe, we need a real teacher union which is illegal in GA per our State law. The first order of business is to change the law.

HISTORY TEACHER

April 20th, 2010
11:47 pm

Merit pay will go the route of the national board bonus. It will be the first thing cut when they need another fish pond somewhere. As teachers we better wake up and vote against every politician in Atlanta that votes for this. God knows what the plan will look like when they develop it. Maybe like the ridiculous class keys that we wasted $600,000 of tax payer money on.

GAE and PAGE?

April 21st, 2010
3:29 am

Can GAE and PAGE not stop anything? Pitiful. I thought that these two organizations are supposed to be so big and powerful. Darn. They can’t stop anything, and I know that their representatives hang down at the Capitol all of the time. I see them there. For what good?

No say in anything

April 21st, 2010
6:14 am

@ TEacher Too….really?? You must be wearing the same rose colored glasses as Happy teacher. Have you see the proposed merit pay outline from the RTTT grant??? About $10,000 of the proposed available bonus money only applies if you work in a high poverty school AND in a high needs subject area. How is that not a pay cut for those who don’t? We won’t even be eligible.

Fericita

April 21st, 2010
6:23 am

What I really don’t understand about merit pay: If there are teachers who consistently aren’t qualifiying for it (stay at the base salary), shouldn’t they just be let go? Why have a “bottom” echelon of teachers at all? The idea of merit pay seems to be based on bad teachers teaching now. Wouldn’t it be better for principals to take more responsibility and get rid of those few – the teacher on professional development plans, and those who should be?

EducationFirst

April 21st, 2010
6:26 am

Now if this doesn’t prove that Houston County politicians are corrupt I don’t know what does! Sonny, you are not welcome back in Houston County you have ruined our good name.

Attentive Parent

April 21st, 2010
7:34 am

Maureen,

Did you see this Washington Post story that the RTT selection process was in fact arbitrary and unscientific?

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/race-to-the-top/race-to-top-winners-chosen-arb.html

It cites and links to a report by the Economic Policy Institute.

John Barge

April 21st, 2010
8:02 am

I do not understand why Governor Purdue and Superintendent Cox are so insistent on selling controlling interest in our educational system to the Obama administration via Race to the Top. The amount of money that Georgia could potentially receive is $200 million to $400 million spread out over four years.

Let’s do the math: That is $50 million to $100 million a year. The education budget in Georgia for 2010 was $7.4 billion! So for less than 1% of our state education budget, on the low end, and less than 2% on the high end, our top state officials are willing to have the Obama administration tell us how to educate our children? Amazing!

Reality

April 21st, 2010
8:03 am

@GAE and PAGE,

GAE and PAGE don’t have and have never had any power at all. They talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. I refuse to join either of them because they cannot do squat.

It partially isn’t their fault because the State of GA has a law that prohibits ‘union activity’ by teachers in GA. Without that ‘union activity’ it makes any teacher organization powerless. This law needs to be changed, first and foremost.

Reality

April 21st, 2010
8:07 am

@john bardge,

DOn’t you get it? That ‘race to the top’ crap is a thinly vailed attempt to hide the real motivation…. to overall decrease teacher pay. This is an obviously attempt to reduce cost of education by reducing the State contribution for teacher pay – plain and simple.

Never believe a politicans stated motive for any legislation. There is always more to the story.

Elizabeth

April 21st, 2010
8:10 am

I thought I had seen it all, but this treachery is the worst. I am glad I am retiring because I can fight this with no thought of what my job consequences would be. I will be fighting for the future of education in this state. This MUST be stopped and all teachers MUST unite to prevent this travesty from happening. I would be one of the ones that parents would mark low because I am a demanding teacher who does not accept excuses for sloppy work or work not completed. I have nightmares just thinking. My mother, Uncle and 2 aunts would be rising out of their graves if they knew this. I owe it to them, to my sister, to my niece, and to all the wonderful teachers out ther to fight thi. AND SO DO YOU! If you do not fight, there will be no good teachers left– only those who compromise to save themselves the trouble of doing what is right. I must go administer the CRCT but I will write more later, on my bathroom break.

Reality

April 21st, 2010
8:12 am

This will essentially be the nail in coffin for GA education. Good people will stop entering this profession. Good teachers will leave this profession. Who wants to be abused, not respected, AND have less pay?

Parents and teachers and concerned citizens need to immediately contact the State representatives to tell them to vote “NO” on this bill.

Booklover

April 21st, 2010
8:26 am

1) Teachers are supposed to trust the governor and the legislators to act in our best interests after they pull a move like this?

2) We have seen no SPECIFICS about how merit pay would work, and the details we’ve received are indeed disturbing. No additional pay for master’s or doctoral degrees? Aren’t teachers supposed to be…educated? High school teachers, in particular, need to be content specialists and should have AT LEAST a master’s degree to perform their jobs with any level of competence.

3) I arrived at school early today for a parent mtg for a student (18-year-old in 10th grade) who is failing ALL of his classes with less than 50% (one of those courses is weight training!). The parent never showed up. The student essentially refuses to do other than the bare minimum and I’ve yet to see him do any of the class reading. If we move to merit pay, I will be responsible for this 18-year-old whose own mother admits that she “can’t get him to do anything.” This is asinine.

I teach my heart out every day, but I am not a miracle worker!

4) Georgia is going to continue to lose great teachers. My school is losing a very talented highly qualified special ed teacher w/ 10 years experience who works wonder with EBD kids– she’s moving back up north because she’s had it! My fiance is putting in for a transfer to Germany with the Army partly so that I can teach over there with the Dept of Defense schools–we’ve had it with my pay being cut!

catlady

April 21st, 2010
8:31 am

Parent, I hope I can also (to bolster my claim for merit pay) document the numerous attempts I have made to contact parents, the numerous phone calls, the times the child has come to school without proper rest, the misbehaviors, and the lack of homework preparation. That would help a lot of us get merit pay–to show what we are up against outside of school time.

Troubled

April 21st, 2010
8:46 am

I’m against merit pay with ANY basis on standardized test scores. I teach at a top ranked elementary school on a grade level that had the highest CRCT scores in all of the areas that were tested during the previous school year. I’m anticipating that our students will score in the top percentage again this year. The teachers are obviously excellent at our school, but the students are also. My students all come from two parent families who place a high value on education. I am supported in everything that I do, not only from the parents, but from our school administrators. I know that this not the case in many schools in Gerogia.

John Q

April 21st, 2010
9:00 am

Wow! People, say good bye to your quality teacher. Remember, teachers are highly educated and will qualify for most any job they want in the ‘real’ world. The old saying, “teachers do it for the love of the kids and a love of learning”, just dosen’t hold anymore when you can not make a living wage to support your family.
If this political stunt grows to merit pay (as speculated here – lower base with an outside chance of merit pay), the important question becomes “who will teach our children?” My guess, individuals with a high school diploma and no other marketable job skills.

whatever

April 21st, 2010
9:07 am

Yes, Sonny is a jerk, but he only wants the money that is being dangled like a carrot on a stick in front of him. A true politician…can’t blame him for what he is. Why is noone looking at where this is really coming from. Merit pay is a joke, but for some reasons the (fill in the blank) in the White House thinks that merit pay is the solution to “falling” test scores. Basically he is saying that teachers are not doing their jobs. The man makes me sick. Lets not look at any of the real problems with schools (parents, administration, politics), lets just blame the teachers and use merit pay as a reason to pay them less and fire them. Teachers are a lot like pinata’s in that they have their hands tied behind their backs and everyone is whacking them with sticks. I don’t know why anyone would do it!!

Teacher in Cobb

April 21st, 2010
9:09 am

Sonny, Sonny, Sonny…. your Mom named you appropriately. I can’t really finish the statement, but indeed, you are a SOB.

Why are you doing this to us teachers? When was the last time you stepped into the classroom? Of the time we have with 35 kids, nearly half, if not more, is used to redirect students and their behavior. No wonder why Georgia is ranked 48th or 49th in the country. It is people like you that don’t know you butt from your neck. And now along with cutting teachers and our salaries, you are allowing this merit pay. I can assure you that teachers will inflate grades now.

You are getting rid of us teachers. You are a disgrace to this state. I don’t know whose term I am waiting with baited breath to end first – yours or Obamas.

AZ girl in GA

April 21st, 2010
9:24 am

I can only control the home environment of 1 child in Georgia, the one I brought into this world. If you want to give me merit pay based on the performance of that one child I am all for it, but to base my pay on the performance of the students whose circumstances and home environment are beyond my control is insane.

Teacher&mom

April 21st, 2010
9:30 am

Teaching is worse in FL

April 21st, 2010
9:33 am

If merit pay had been in place this year, raise your hand if you think the state would have paid it out.

Teacher in Cobb

April 21st, 2010
9:34 am

Well said, AZ girl in GA. We can only control students in our classrooms. It is amazing how many students come to class unprepared – no pen, pencil, paper, books, nothing. But yet they still carry a stupid backpack. Oh yea, but they have expensive cell phones, jewelry, mp3 players and wearing the latest fashions. Where are the parents priorities? Apparently, school is not on the top of the list.

Teacher, Too

April 21st, 2010
9:56 am

I am not the “Teacher Too” that has posted here. I have posted on many other Get Schooled blogs, and I just want to clarify there is a difference between the two names. I use a comma with my blog name.

robert

April 21st, 2010
10:17 am

Sonny is a complete idiot….. He’s gone in 6 months anyway. I dont actually believe merit pay will ever happen anyway. way too many opponents. And you think that we are going to win race to the top????hahaha, you need to have educators on board and in agreement with government to get that grant. GUESS WHAT? you dont have educator support and will not get it at this rate! Sonny, go back to where you came from, you dont support education!!

DeKalb Educated

April 21st, 2010
10:23 am

As a former teacher – I only two years – who taught reading classes out of push cart – going from room to room in a Cobb County School, there are other jobs out there for teachers. I loved teaching. I liked working with kids. What I didn’t like was a principal who had been promoted to his level of incompetency (a PE teacher/B-ball coach). I had parents who wouldn’t come to parent-teacher conferences. This was 30 years ago and those kids in my classrooms are now the parents of elementary and middle school students. Some were great kids. The others had sorry role models for parents. The problem just gets worse. There were a lot of wonderful teachers out there in my life. They were great role models for me. For all the teachers who hung out there and did your best – I am sorry the politicians, media jerks and parents have done this to you. Where is the merit pay for politicians. Don’t listen to Neal Bortz – he is the one telling all the narrow-minded pea heads out there that you don’t deserve the pay you received now. Until these pea brains go out there and teach the kids who think their parents are their best friends – then they really should keep their mouths shut.

whatever

April 21st, 2010
10:24 am

@ HAPPY TEACHER…”most data actually shows that advanced degrees do little for student achievement.”

In other words, advance degrees affect student achievement positively!! You must be a politician to be able to twist words to your advantage.

Please be smart about this

April 21st, 2010
12:13 pm

@whatever…I am not sure how you got “advance degrees affect student achievement positively” from what Happy said….please explain…

Sounds like you’re more of the politician…

Happy Teacher

April 21st, 2010
12:13 pm

kindergarten teacher

April 21st, 2010
12:41 pm

How performance pay was passed makes me so mad that I could spit. What is going to stop a principal from loading a class with all low performing students to get rid of a teacher. Just tooooooo much wrong with the performance pay. We do not know the ins and outs of how it will work. I admit that some changes need to be made, however, do not continue to put all of the pressure on the teachers- put some on the parents. Parents think I am a babysitter and their children are at school to play- not so. The standards we have are demanding- we are doing stuff in kindergarten that I did in first and second grade.We have children coming to school never being exposed to a book, letters, numbers, or proper english and we as educators are to have them reading on a level above first grade by the end of kindergarten. Also, these children are to write four sentences about one topic. It is getting so bad I feel sorry for the kids!
Happy teacher- you are thick skinned because you teach fifth grade, so hou say. I do believe that you are in a high performing school where the parents are involved, students come to school knowing their name, writing and reading in kindergarten. I have taught in schoosl like that, but I fill unchallenged. What will the low performimg school do when teachers who want to be at these low performing schools leave? Not so well. If you pay me on the progress of my children- fine. Do not compare my children to other children. No two kids are the same. This is like comparing apples to oranges- never works.

The governor reminds me of Obama and his crew with the way they passed the health care bill through. Changes will be made in November- locally and nationally.

John Q

April 21st, 2010
12:43 pm

Are Cobb teachers ready for a sick out? Friday looks good!

whatever

April 21st, 2010
1:28 pm

@ Please be smart about this

Uh…Read it again: …”most data actually shows that advanced degrees do little for student achievement.”

First it uses vague undefined terms like MOST data and do LITTLE. It is saying that the studies they chose to use show that advance degrees do actually affect student achievement in a positive way, but by only by a LITTLE amount. What do you mean by do LITTLE? What are they basing the achievement on? Test scores? Raise the scores only 1%? 2%? 5%? 10%?

I have not done a lot of research on the topic, but if that sentence was the argument for not giving teachers a raise due to the advanced degrees earned then that is not very SMART.

I think that studies can be twisted to fit the result you want. Didn’t 80% of the teachers want merit pay? From these blogs and from the teachers I know, I don’t think that number is correct. If advanced degrees and such do not impact student achievement, then why are teachers required continuous training to keep the teaching certificate? Why are endorsements required in specific fields? Why are advanced degrees required to teach college?

Also, if that is true about advance degrees, wouldn’t that be part of the argument against merit pay? No matter how much training a teacher gets and no matter how talented a teacher is, there are an infinite amount of factors that have just as much if not a greater impact on test scores, such as parent involvement, classroom environment, administration, etc., etc., etc.

Heather Exum

April 21st, 2010
2:23 pm

I work in the school system here in Georgia and I have yet to meet a bad teacher. The sense of entitlement that the children these days suffer from is incredible.

Here’s a real way to fix the American Education System:

1. Let’s face it some children don’t learn well in a traditional classroom. By high school they need to be apprenticed and working for free to learn a trade by the time they are 18.

2. What are you going to do with all those extra teachers? Wellfare for Education. If you recieve wellfare you need to be in class working for yoru GED and if you have children taking parenting and behavior classes. Also those children need to come in for early intervention with their parents.

This isn’t going to happen any time soon, I’m here just starting my career as a Science/Special educator (two of the highest teaching demands in the job) and I’m already tired of it. I’m already considering taking my ideas, energy and education to another country where even if I make less I know that the parents and students will appreciate me.

Teacher in Cobb

April 21st, 2010
3:13 pm

Sanderson just posted that Cobb is going to a RIF – Reduction In Force.

Maureen Downey

April 21st, 2010
3:17 pm

Teacher in Cobb, Where has he posted?
Maureen

Teacher in Cobb

April 21st, 2010
3:57 pm

It was sent through internal email. I would send you a copy but I don’t want my identity revealed.

Librarian

April 21st, 2010
5:04 pm

From the survey “respondents support both qualitative and quantitative inputs and embrace the idea of peer reviewers. after being asked a)teachers should be evaluated on both observation and the degree to which they have helped students improve. and we support a common statewide evaluation tool. about 80% rate of the 15.000 respondents ” How do you get merit pay from this? I like the use of portfolios and rubrics to demonstrate the teaching practice and student performance on standard based instruction. I dont get the PAY part of this. If my school is making AYP havent I proved that we are effectively teaching? Will we still have to make AYP? after all this. I thought we were going to be rewarded for making AYP, but one year out school got $1500 for making it, after taxes our incentive was going to be about $25.00 each divided by the staff at our school… I just dont get where Bert gets Merit pay from the survey. If my school is successful- reward all of us because there is no way I did it by myself.