The historians among you well know, America was desperate for good news following the successive defeats one after another that piled on like dominoes after Pearl Harbor. We were a second rate power and nothing we could do could make a change. Then on the 18th of April, 1942, 132 days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, America woke up to hear we’d bombed Japan. Although we probably did less damage than two back packs did in Boston, it sent a shot of adrenelin through out the American psyche…..
I now know how it felt.
Just before finishing up, on John Young’s blog I came across this… The school district of Dover signed a proclamation declaring Common Core null and void… Although it’s effect upon the problem at hand, might have as much effect as a handful of planes at treetop level racing one time across a foreign country, the effect back home was exhilarating. There is hope after all. We are not pursuing the principles of quality education in vain against an enemy that will rule out nothing, if something gets in their way.
No employee of the Capitol School District shall be placed on an improvement plan due to Component 5
Someone else gets it. We are the good guys, after all.
Why would a district go against the governor, the secretary of education, the US Department of Educations?
Because they are wrong, that’s why.
It is wrong to punish those who set lofty goals and fail, but reward those profusely who lowball their goals, and just slip over them. Component 5 does just that. The poor teachers get raises. Good teachers get fired. “Get otta here you filthy animal..”
It is wrong to have administrators who themselves are put on performance plans be the very ones to be in charge of helping teachers on performance plans, pull themselves off.
It is wrong to have a teachers career depend 100 times more upon which words they use in their own self-assessments, than in how they, heaven forbid, teach children.
It is wrong to allow one's "favorite" teachers be themselves allowed to grade those scores making up their own assessments, but those "other" teachers must ship theirs off somewhere and await the score that is "given" to them.
It is wrong to put a teacher and administrator on administrative leave because they were unable to provide a legal accommodation because of the arbitrariness of the state DOE in interpreting the Federal DOE guidelines?
It is wrong to put a teacher and administrator on administrative leave since they could not be tested in their area of expertise, they were lumped in and given the average scores of other teachers working in other unrelated departments.
In one class room the DCAS margin of error was 25 points. The average growth goal was 50 points. So a teacher can be rewarded or fired, based solely on the margin of error… This is wrong.
The guidelines are set by the state and in alignment with federal regulations. However when a district follows them and discharges and employee, that district is the one who gets sued. As any common person can see from looking at all of the above, NO COURT IN THIS LAND WOULD DECIDE IN FAVOR OF THE DISTRICT. Any district who follows Component 5, will be liable for extreme damages.
For these reasons, the Capital School District has resolved it will refuse to terminate over component 5…
It was this generation’s 30 seconds over Tokyo…..