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Carol Burris: The Definitive Account of Bill Gates's Disastrous Teacher Evaluation Project;: A Tragedy & Farce

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Carol Burris, the brilliant executive director of the Network for Public Education, has written the definitive account of Bill Gates's disastrous teacher evaluation project, which wasted $215 million of his dollars, but over $350 million of state, local, & federal dollars (ours). Dr Ravitch urges you to read it. Not many are likely to read the 600 page RAND report evaluating the project. Burris did. The study examined the effects over six years; a key feature was teacher evaluations systems similar to NY's. It concluded that the IP project did not improve either student achievement or the quality of teachers. In fact, it did more harm than good. The cost was astronomical. Taxpayers paid most of the costs via local or federal tax dollars and, resulted in increased teacher turnover.The report found no evidence that the quality of the teachers recruited improved.'

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It was hard for me to read this, because As the Gates plan went into effect, I was a celebrated teacher in NYC, studied by Harvard in the Pew Research into the Principles of Learning, because of my successful practice teaching writing in the seventh grade. Was the NY STATE English Council's "Educator of Excellence

Teachers like me, who had created a successful curricula through their professional practice were targeted, and the union looked the other way. 2 decades agoI wrote about this'scandal' that took me, and the most experienced, dedicated and talented professional out of public schools! ( I weep as I post this.)

They were unable to charge me with incompetence (as I was one of six teachers int he Pew study of 20,000 teachers, whose work was unique in matching the standards) This was a charge they leveled at thousands of other teachers.

So, the corrupt superintendent of my district found illegal and despicable ways to remove me from my practice. All my materials-- gathered over 8 years at that school-- were stolen (redistributed to other teachers althoughI had purchased and created all of it).My research with Harvard was trashed, and I was sent to a rubber-room. My story is the same as that of tens of thousands of teachers across 15,880 school systems.

Thats right. Even as NYC crashed, (don't miss this film on the demise of a fabulous public school system) our citizens had no idea what was happening across the nation. In LA, the fabricated charges remove teachers willy nilly, with clear civil rights violations--which they did as the media ranted about bad teachers.

There was a hidden and scandalous deprivation of due process -- allowed and empowered by unions which did not fulfill their obligation and contract for immediate investigation and fair, prompt, grievance procedures, thus permitting a "waiting game" which prevents due process.

In my case, I was never informed of bogus allegations, never had a hearing, and the first time I heard anything about why Had been removed from my famous practice, was after 6 months in the rubber room in NYC District 2--where the district sup't published a letter in which she 'found me guilty of corporal punishment, based on allegations that I cursed at a child.

It cost me 25 thousand dollars to hire an attorney to end that as the Manhattan Bureau rep of the UFT hung up on me. Of course, this PLOY only works when the union looks the other way and colludes to end collective bargaining rights, and the media sells the lie!Now, the corruption is so ingrained ,that even minority administrators are selling the kids out.

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My story is sad, but if you click here , you will hear a Montana teacher explain how her lawless principal set her up to be assaulted in her classroom. Itcost her plenty, to prove her innocence

If you have never visited th site that Lenny Isenberg put up when they took him away from his classroom in hand-cuffs for blowing the whistle onSocial promotion, now is the time.

He has chronicled the swamp that is LAUSD, the second largest school system in the 15,880; he explains that for every tenured teacher fired, or any teacher not allowed to reach tenure, the district saves 60,000 in benefits. With the budget about to be overwhelmed by budget obligations, instead of funding public education, the Eli Broad backed bureaucrats and corrupt politicians in LA, figured that thy could fabricate charges

Go to Perdaily and see the results of the push to remove teachers so the Gates Core Curricula Crap could replace genuine professional teacher practice!

and read about Jo Scott Coe, the teacher at point blank range

it is ALL about money .


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My serieshere at Oped News, THE WAR ON TEACHERS has some of the many articles I posted on this subject.

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