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Facing a Budget Crisis, the Pennsylvania Legislature Makes It Easier to Fire Teachers by Diane Ravitch

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'Facing a budget crisis, the  Pennsylvania legislature  voted to eliminate seniority and CYNICALLY called their bill 'The Protecting Excellent Teachers Act.' Yes, this is exactly how you protect excellent teachers – by making it easier to fire them.' “As usual, lawmakers, or more accurately their surrogates at ALEC who actually wrote the bill. spent more time on branding the legislation than appealing to logic, sense or reason.  'Under this new law, teachers would be let go based on their academic rating. It sounds great – if you know absolutely nothing about Pennsylvania public schools.like virtually all value added rating systems across the country, the rating system is a complicated measure of meaningless statistics, student test scores and mumbo jumbo that can be twisted one way or another depending on the whims of administrators, dumb luck and the phases of the moon.”

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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