Saturday, June 18, 2011

Bill Gates researchers suggest firing good teachers while keeping bad ones

Bill Gates' researchers are suggesting that teachers be let go if their school needs fewer teachers and they can't find an empty spot to fill at another school. Hey, Bill Gates, how about letting go incompetent teachers to make a spot at another school for good teachers?

Report says L.A. principals should have more authority i hiring teachers
June 07, 2011
By Howard Blume
Los Angeles Times

School principals should be able to hire any teacher of their choosing, and displaced tenured teachers who aren't rehired elsewhere within the system should be permanently dismissed, according to a controversial new report on the Los Angeles Unified School District. The report will be presented Tuesday to the Board of Education.

The research, paid for largely by funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, offers a roadmap for improving the quality of teaching in the nation's second-largest school system, with recommendations strongly backed by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

The report gave L.A. Unified credit for improvement in some areas, noting, for example, that more teachers are being fired for poor performance, a sign of better quality control, said researchers from the Washington, D.C.-based National Council on Teacher Quality.

In 2008, the district dismissed seven tenured teachers. The number for the current year, through April, was 94; 105 others have resigned to avoid dismissal.

...The report also concluded that teacher evaluations must be stepped up: 40% of tenured teachers and 70% of non-tenured teachers are evaluated annually.

Duffy and Deasy agreed that such scarce supervision failed to help teachers improve.

Another of the report's recommendations was that the earning of tenure be more demanding and take longer, but that those who get it receive a significant pay increase.

Sixty-six percent of surveyed principals admitted advising "an underperforming teacher to voluntarily transfer" to another school.

"Sending a problem to another school is the very last thing we should be doing," Deasy said....

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