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April 15, 2011


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To look at such language in a bill and imagine that it has anything to do with educating children or with teachers' "performance" is to deceive oneself. Such a bill has one intent: dismantle collective bargaining and get rid of older teachers, who cost too much.

The vague language is there for one reason--to give all hiring and firing power to the administrator, and eliminate any role for collective bargaining. It's a power play, and nothing more.


The rest of the bill DOES have stuff on retaining collective
bargaining for the teachers. I merely failed to quote the whole

I think collective bargaining is important. I also think that
making sure we have GOOD teachers in the classrooms is important. I
dont think theyre mutually exclusive.


There's so much more to being a good teacher than standardized test scores. Yes, schools should certainly be able to hire the teachers they need, not just the one with the most experience, but that teacher is not necessarily the one whose class made the most impressive jump on test scores.

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