"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966

Friday, July 24, 2009

Duncan Agenda: Segregated Charters, Unqualified Teachers, and Pay-Per-Score Teacher Pay

From today's Washington Post, the amazing, incredible, and unprecendented Arne Duncan makes his reform by bribery efforts clear. We can only hope that most states will tell Duncan to take his 4 billion in bribes and go to hell with it:
. . . .the program is also a competition through which states can increase or decrease their odds of winning federal support. For example, states that limit alternative routes to certification for teachers and principals, or cap the number of charter schools, will be at a competitive disadvantage. And states that explicitly prohibit linking data on achievement or student growth to principal and teacher evaluations will be ineligible for reform dollars until they change their laws. . . .

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