Many, if not most, principals fail to do observations of their teachers from year to year. We need a system that puts impartial observers in every classroom on a regular basis. See SDER teacher evaluation plan.
Rafe Esquith, a longtime educator at Hobart Boulevard Elementary School who has written several books on teaching and received multiple awards for his work, has not been allowed to return to school since district officials launched an investigation in March.
Three months later, L.A. Unified officials have not clearly outlined the allegations against the popular teacher, said his attorney Mark Geragos. But Geragos said he learned that the investigation stemmed from a complaint by another teacher after Esquith read to a class a passage from "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain...
District officials declined to provide details, except to say that “the goal is to complete the investigation before school starts in August.”