Monday, February 4, 2013

Refomormer, You're Fired!

I just looked up and noticed its 2013 which means that a vast majority of ®eformers have earned tenure as ®eformers while achieving various levels of effectiveness.   Think of your favourite ®eformer, what their goal was when they started, did they reach their goal?  Is your favourite ®eformer still fighting for their cause after 2 or 3 years of proving they were ineffective at creating the change they said they would? Did they get fired or get tenure?

 Considering the disproportionate funding in favour of ®eformers vs the others, they cannot cite a lack of funds.  Has your favourite ®eformer backed down a little bit in their rhetoric and tried to temper expectations like a corporation before a bad earnings report?  Have you ever heard of a ®eformer being fired for poor performance?   notyetLAUSD proposes a 4 year tenure track for ®eformers working inside and outside LAUSD.  If you can’t make the changes you want, move over and let someone else try. Fired!  

In other news:
Green Dot charter just announced they are going to reconstitute themselves at Locke High School in an effort to show the use of self-immolation and, an undying faith in reincarnation of the self, is needed to create meaningful change at high need public schools.

A lame donkey compromise:
Can we just get over tenure talks and LIFO, move tenure to 4-6 years with no more than two school transfers and 3 consecutive years at the site where tenure is given?  Can we all agree that it sucks when a great young teacher is laid off and a crappy old one is kept, but over the past 4 years of laying off less experienced teachers and concentrating its number of experienced teachers, LAUSD was able to boost API at a far faster rate than other districts.  (I know most of the boost over the past few years has been due to increases in the use of the CMA, but I’d like to live in a fantasy world where having more students in classes with long-term committed teachers might have had an effect too).  I’m not opposed to the district going back using incentives at hard to staff schools to prevent the need for a Reed settlement. 

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