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Teachers Union Opposes $40 Mil Grantís New Evaluation System
KDKA ^ | February 17, 2014

Posted on 02/18/2014 5:04:42 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A group of community leaders expressed their support today, for a teacher evaluation system within the Pittsburgh Schools. The evaluation system is being funded by a $40 million grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

But the money is in jeopardy because of opposition by the teachers union.

Gathering in the cold, community leaders and parents called on the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers to adopt high standards of evaluation — saying lower standards hurt teachers, parents.

“And most especially, lowering the bar isn’t good for our children who deserve the highest quality education we can provide them,” said Tracey Reed Armant of A-Plus Schools.

The union and the district agreed on a system of evaluation based on classroom observation, student performance and other factors.

But the union objects that a score of 48 percent or less would require teachers to undergo retraining.

(Excerpt) Read more at pittsburgh.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: commoncore; education; school; teachers; union

1 posted on 02/18/2014 5:04:42 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Well well well.....the teachers union is opposed to
being held to independent standards. Imagine that.


2 posted on 02/18/2014 5:08:25 AM PST by nvscanman
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To: nvscanman
I guess the NEA isn't for the Teachers.

In North Carolina the teachers are bitching about their starting pay.

They got 5,000

Yet, Everyone I know whose Kids wants to get into teaching claims their are no Jobs.

3 posted on 02/18/2014 5:18:04 AM PST by scooby321
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Is it possible the money being from Bill Gates means this is related to common core?
And is this the only objection by teacher union? Other states (NY in particular) is objecting to common core curriculum.


4 posted on 02/18/2014 5:34:32 AM PST by Whenifhow
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

If it’s like our evaluation system in Ohio, everybody should oppose it. I have no problem with accountability, but I do have a problem with a purposely faulty system.


5 posted on 02/18/2014 5:45:34 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Do away with public sector unions, and just issue school vouchers to parents.

School voucher covers X amount of tuition in the school of your choice. Force public schools to clean up their act or close the doors.


6 posted on 02/18/2014 5:54:00 AM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Beagle8U

Now ask yourself, Why would teachers oppose such a grant that will show how well the TEACHERS are doing and NOT the students. Pretty simple logic there.


7 posted on 02/18/2014 6:06:19 AM PST by Progov
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Poll needs freeping:

Should kindergarten attendance be mandatory?

Scroll down right side of page.

http://www.nwitimes.com/


8 posted on 02/18/2014 6:57:17 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The teachers from both sides of the aisle are opposing Common Core. This isn’t just about teacher unions - PA does have common core.

Growing Pushback Against Totalitarian Common Core Curriculum - Socialist ReEducation Program
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etB4V_5aQcE

Groups on right and left oppose Common Core standards in PA
http://paindependent.com/2013/05/groups-on-right-and-left-oppose-common-core-standards-in-pa/

Susan Spicka: The Case Against Common Core
http://www.keystonepolitics.com/2013/05/susan-spicka-the-case-against-common-core/

Common Core Curriculum Now Has Critics on the Left
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/17/nyregion/new-york-early-champion-of-common-core-standards-joins-critics.html?hpw&rref=nyregion

NY teachers union pulls its support from Common Core, urges removal of state ed chief

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/01/26/ny-teachers-union-pulls-its-support-from-common-core-urges-removal-of-state-ed-chief/


9 posted on 02/18/2014 7:00:49 AM PST by Whenifhow
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