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The Teacher Brain Drain Issue: http://cotobuzz.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-teacher-brain-drain-issue.html
According to American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, the national teacher shortage could turn into a crisis. She claims that we have a “teacher brain-drain unseen in any other profession.” To explain why this is happening, she adds, “The last 15 years have been marked by top-down education policies that promoted testing over teaching, competition over collaboration, austerity over investment, and scapegoating teachers rather than valuing them.
But is it true? Not according to California Teachers Empowerment Network - see below
California Department of Education's Spin on 2012 Test Results
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 02, 2012
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - The California Department of Education headlines for the 2012 Standardized Testing and Reporting test results read “State Superintendent Tom Torlakson Notes Progress Despite School Budget Cuts “ and “2012 STAR Results Mark Ninth Straight Year of Rising English and Math Scores” supported with statements like:
In business, if you cannot measure it, you cannot manage it. Likewise in education
Note from Bill Evers: (1) Lasken & Evers did not call for looking only at students' test scores. We praised the non-test Stull evaluations for judging certain aspects of teaching. We said the law (EC 44662) must be followed and test scores included in evaluations. (2) Mr Sanchez says that using test scores is optional and can be included or not, based on the outcome of local collective bargaining. No, Lasken & Evers say, the law must be followed.
Teachers must be evaluated by what students learnDoug Lasken,Bill EversSAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLESUNDAY INSIGHT section Sunday, March 13, 2011Students in California public schools are not achieving at the levels they should.
The Wisconsin Bratty Bunch
Friday, March 04, 2011, 7:57:48 PM
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - The President of the United States invariably uses the phrase " I won, that is what elections are for," to respond to critics of the President's socialized approach to governance.
Its Official: Fiscal Tsunami is here - Bill Gates
Thursday, March 03, 2011, 10:10:37 AM
You can deal with this $$$ or you can deal with that :-(
By ROBERT A. GUTH And MICHAEL CORKERY Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates will step into the national debate over state budgets Thursday with a call for states to rethink their health care and pension systems, which he says stifle funding for public schools.
Teachers Union Psychosis: Leads Tenure Reform. Give Incompetent teachers one year to reform and 1/2 year to appeal
Wednesday, March 02, 2011, 10:10:36 AM
Teachers Union Offers to Lead on Tenure Reform Friday, 25 Feb 2011 12:00 PM Article Font Size By Charles J. Little The American Federation of Teachers announced a plan this week to sharpen the process of weeding out the worst in its classroom ranks, The New York Times reports. Some education experts greeted the tenure-reform proposal warily, calling it a start but also a potential delay tactic to defuse public anger over incompetent, hard-to-fire teachers. Read more on Newsmax.com: Teachers Union Offers to Lead on Tenure Reform
The Real Adult Conversation: Place the US on Chapter 11
Sunday, February 27, 2011, 7:50:01 PM
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – The more Washington DC politicians talk about the need for an adult conversation to tackle out-of-control spending, the more they sound like spoiled teenagers - on both sides of the aisle.
Wisconsin Teachers Union say teachers just want to show Integrity & how democracy works
Sunday, February 27, 2011, 3:01:50 PM
Wisconsin Teachers Union say teachers just want to show Integrity & how democracy works - then attempt to shut down the press.- Good Call!
“One thing I think should make clear – the people coming after us from every live shot here, these people hate,” Tobin said. Read more:http://dailycaller.com/2011/02/27/fox-news-correspondent-on-disruptive-wisconsin-protesters-there-is-hate-in-their-eyes/#ixzz1FCfQtFUO
The Midwest Public Union Debacle
Thursday, February 24, 2011, 11:19:14 PM
Opinion: Midwest unrest: The view from Washington By Chester E. Finn, Jr. As union protests in Madison, Columbus, and elsewhere loop continuously on cable TV, it cannot be easy to be an education-reform-minded Democrat. They’re honorable folks; their commitment to bold education reform seems genuine; and they’ve generally been willing to push for a host of promising changes in policy and practice that rub teacher unions the wrong way. (Well, not vouchers!) They’ve been reasonably candid in fingering those same unions as obstacles to programs and initiatives that put kids’ interests first.
The Wisconsin Protest Trough the Lens of Mainstream Media
Thursday, February 24, 2011, 11:04:20 PM
Bozell Tackles Media Bias in Wis. Protest Coverage, Slams Media for Ignoring Docs Handing Out Fraudulent Sick Notes By NB Staff | February 21, 2011 | 12:30 "The mainstream media was late to the party when it came to covering" the Wisconsin budget protests, Fox Business Network's Stuart Varney noted as he introduced NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell earlier today on the February 21 edition of "Varney & Co." But are the media now skewing coverage in favor of the perspective of the public sector labor unions, Varney asked. Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/nb-staff/2011/02/21/bozell-tackles-media-bias-wis-protest-coverage-slams-media-ignoring-docs-h#ixzz1Ex57p8yq
The Education Dashboard, Like the President's Engine out of Airplane Metaphor, is Flawed
Airplane is heading to China to borrow more money, is out of fuel and is spewing toxic fumes....EDUCATION WEEKJanuary 28, 2011CommentaryFlaws in a Less Rigorous Education 'Dashboard'By Ze'ev Wurman & Williamson M. EversOn Monday [Jan. 24], U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released an online “Education Dashboard” that is supposed to show how American schools and students are performing and to encourage public debate and discussion. The dashboard offers Web pages full of numbers, charts, and arrows meant to provide us with a meaningful picture at a glance of where we are and where we are heading.
SFUSD Teachers all deserve an A - to build up their self-esteem, no doubt?
HE BAY CITIZENRethinking Evaluations When Almost Every Teacher Gets an ‘A’By JENNIFER GOLLANPublished: January 20, 2011
Grade inflation — a term normally associated with students — is widespread among Bay Area teachers, who receive so many favorable evaluations that it is impossible to tell how well they are performing, some educators say.
A nightmarish picture of monstrous disorder in a public schools comes to Los Angeles - a Special Screening of The Lottery
esday, January 25 at the Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Ave. 90048, Los Angeles, CA. The Lottery is director Madeleine Sackler's documentary about the Harlem Success Academy. Reason Foundation is a nonprofit organization advancing free minds and free markets. Its nonpartisan public policy research promotes choice, competition, and a dynamic market economy as the foundation for human dignity and progress
Education - the Elephant in the room for California Democrats
For years – even decades – the political equation on California public education has been engraved in stone.Democrats lined up with the California Teachers Association and other elements of the education establishment to contend that spending more money would be the pathway to improving test scores, dropout rates and other indices of educational attainment.Republicans, meanwhile, argued that merely spending more money wouldn't improve outcomes and that public schools needed competition – either more charter schools or vouchers for private schools – and a crackdown on incompetent teachers.Recently, however, the equation has been changing. The Democratic-establishment coalition is breaking down as parents, especially those in inner cities, demand more local control, more school options and better outcomes.