And so today the State Board of Ed passed in a hurried, confused, and insulting way a proposition to put in place a new evaluation scheme using test scores to evaluate teachers. By the way, the state board of Ed is so business friendly that they hate to be called the state board, preferring instead the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. No state, no board. Both bad.
The AFT chief dipdog was there to declare his victory in strong-arming the membership to support this travesty, and the MTA folks had some muddy rhetoric that could easily be read as supportive or non-supportive. So a 60 day public comment period has begun, and I hope you you will have something to say. I had a little bit to say today, using my three minutes in slightly shortened version of what you see below.
Statement at the MA DESE Meeting, April 27, 2011