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*Ctrl F and then search whatever she asks for on the specific link* ● A victory for teachers unions, a defeat for students ● California supreme court ○ Teachers keep tenure in retirement ■ Tenure= 2 years to get tenure to get job security and get paid forever, never get fired ○ State precedent ● Original Ruling= students ○ Appellate level ○ Overturned by California State Supreme Court ● Last in first out LIFO ○ (to fire a teacher you just hired) ○ Expensive ● Lack of effective dismissal statutes of teachers affects students ○ Negatively affects high poverty and minority students ● All about union power ○ Good for teachers, bad for students ● Attracting and retaining quality teachers is consistent with state constitution ● “Changes California statutes governing due process and teachers dismissals, using experience as a criteria during school layoffs and the two year probationary period for teachers” ● Point of union= protect the job of the member ● The union goes with tenure because tenure protects your job if you don’t get fired from a school for 23 years ● Court said it didn’t show it hurt some students more than others, it showed equal education opportunity, not a big enough achievement gap ● Do our unions stand in the way of reform? ● “Dance of the Lemons” (Lemons are represented by not so good of teacher, so the schools switch the teachers around hoping they’ll become a better teacher at a different school. They do this because it’s expensive to fire them… tenure) ● Merit Pay: Some teachers are very effective, shouldn’t they get paid more? But how do you determine the good teachers? You need an effective criteria. ● Valued means added measures: what if somebody is starting out to teach students that are so far behind? ● Value added means what values did the teacher add? Because even if they’re not at the right place if they achieved a high amount, learned a lot and improved a lot, that makes a good teacher still ● Unions want all treated the same, so merit pay for some teachers, could be argued that its unfair because whats the criteria for the people to be labeled as better and paid more? ● To be a good writer you must: ○ Write a lot ○ Read a lot ● Ways we can try to fix the children’s ability to write today ○ To give teachers time to help improve student’s writing ○ Smaller English Classes & larger classes for other subjects which is politically impossible ○ Assign more writing assignments with multiple paragraphs ■ Teacher’s unions hate that because it disrupts the modern labor model ○ Have teacher’s assistants so teachers can focus on covering more ground ○ Common Core WON’T help, it implements a “furniture assembly approach” to writing ● Stop asking for personal essay for college, instead ask for 2 research papers the student wrote ○ More students would write research papers which prepares them for college research papers ● Teachers are better than admissions officers at seeing who did the work: parents or the student ● U.S is way behind in STEM ○ We persuade kids from other countries to pursue a job in another career instead ■ Example: “Less Science, More Fun,” a multi milliondollar ad campaign will debut in Singapore this week, The Onion reports. It will show “sidebyside footage of a haggard looking mathematician toiling away in a windowless office and a group of young, attractive paralegals laughing together over happy hour drinks.” ■ plans for a “highly addictive” new gaming app to be made available in foreign countries that will require absolutely no logic or reasoning skills, instead awarding points based on a player’s ability to perform simple repetitive tasks in a virtual factory that assembles vacuum cleaners. ■ “We’re already seeing positive effects from a children’s TV series we recently launched in Finland called Iggo, which follows the adventures of Iggo the foxhound as he explores the many wonderful facets of the service sector,” said Lillian Winslow, a senior advisor at the Education Department. “Kids really love it when Iggo plays tricks on his surly nextdoor neighbor, a loveless and chronically dissatisfied biochemist named Dulf.”“ ■ European and East Asian engineering majors will be offered college scholarships if they change their majors to the humanities. ■ Job fairs and a lecture series will feature “speakers who quit school entirely to pursue artistic passions ranging from dance to homemade jewelrymaking.” Confusion Over Purpose 1) What's the role of Public Schools? There is no consensus within the U.S a) (Poll done by Joshua Starr, CEO of PDK: educational organization) i) 45% thought main goal was to prepare students academically ii) The rest was split between the main goal being preparing students and preparing them to be good citizens 2) Is the way to fix poor performing schools is by closing them? a) 84 % compared to 14% said best way is to keep school open, but replace administrators and teachers b) (Carl Cohn the executive director of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence and formerly the superintendent of schools for Long Beach and Sand Diego, California) says it’s harder than it looks to fix schools and rehire different staff because he has reconstituted a couple of Long Beach schools in late 90s c) Obama Administration didn’t want to embrace closing of non performing schools, but they embraced the policy i) Administrations competitive education grants: Race to the Top and School Improvement Grant (1) Identify their poorestperforming schools and adopt one of four intervention strategies, one of which was to shutter the school entirely ii) A help to the teacher’s unions: roiled by education reform movement (1) Reform movement caused many democrats (originally on teacher’s side) to move to opposed side and embracing charter schools, teacher evaluations and based on student’s test scores 3) New Federal Education Law a) Every Student Succeeds Act: slows down the reforms (changes) being made by the Obama Administration i) Schools are considering taking into account how many students applied AP and how many did well in the class after they applied to the course b) 90 % of the school interventions that took place as a result of the School Improvement Grant were focused on the reconstruction of teachers and administrators (which is what respondents of poll want instead of closing schools) 4) Communication is key in reforming a school a) Hard to tell parents school is failing b) Need parent’s input 5) 68 % respondents would prefer schools increase access to career, technical and skillbased classes opposed to AP, honors and advanced courses 6) Providing access to advanced classes in poor/colored schools is very difficult a) How can poor schools afford high qualified teachers that can teach advanced or honors courses? 7) Number One Reason schools aren’t doing as well as others is lack of funding a) Many people don’t want to pay for more taxes to improve schools, because they doubt it will help… But raising property taxes to help schools with funding is exactly what they need 8) Spending more and more money on education and the results of it don’t show a) Not the money, spending enough money to have the school b) “Highly qualified teachers” = teaching what you majored in, doesn’t necessarily mean you are a great teacher, it’s what you prepared to teach c) Under the NCLB “No Child Left Behind”, schools ask “On average, how are the students in this school doing?” i) How are each type of students doing academically? Both democratic and republican parties agreed with this. The types of kids (black, white, girls, boys, special needs, rich, poor, etc.)
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