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    More than 200 D.C. teachers fired

    The District fired 206 teachers for poor performance Friday, the second year in a row it has dismissed significant numbers of educators for sub-par work in the classroom.


    They were dismissed for poor scores on the evaluation system known as IMPACT, which grades teachers on five 30-minute classroom observations and their compliance with nine broad standards. These include ability to express course content clearly, teach students with differing skill levels and manage time effectively. For some teachers, half of their appraisal is contingent on whether students meet predicted growth targets on standardized tests.


    Large-scale dismissals of teachers for job performance is still a rarity in big city schools, experts say. Collective bargaining agreements and often-cumbersome appeals processes, combined with a reluctance on the part of officials to confront politically potent unions, have limited firings.


    Read more at: More than 200 D.C. teachers fired - D.C. Schools Insider - The Washington Post

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    Re: More than 200 D.C. teachers fired

    Sounds to me like DC is doing what every school district in the country should be doing. In other words, common sense has prevailed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grim17 View Post
    Sounds to me like DC is doing what every school district in the country should be doing. In other words, common sense has prevailed.
    So you have a detailed and intimate knowledge of both the DC educational system as well as every other school district in America?
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    When you take on The Teacher's Union and all the incompetence and corruption it protects......da childen and America win.....

    .....or we can hold hands with the Teacher's Union and get more of the HusSame......we know what that delivers......

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    Re: More than 200 D.C. teachers fired

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    So you have a detailed and intimate knowledge of both the DC educational system as well as every other school district in America?
    Why would detailed or intimate knowledge be required to form an opinion? Do I have to be the weather man to tell you its raining?

    The education system sucks no matter how much money we throw at it in large part due to the fact that it is difficult to fire bad teachers. And Tenure is a horrible notion.

    Do you take issue with the firing of bad teachers? Do you take issue with any of the standards by which they were evaluated?
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    Re: More than 200 D.C. teachers fired

    If a teacher has poor work performance then that's grounds to fire them. Poor work performance shouldn't be given slack in areas as important as education. Also, just because they are public employees doesn't mean they should receive flack and be allowed to be a problem in the education system. I'm sure there are competent, hard working, and education driven teachers who can be hired to take their spot.
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    my opinion is that policies like these are going to result in no teacher wanting to teach the kids who need the most help.

    a school is not a business, as a student cannot be classified as a defective or underperforming product. a business can discontinue an unsuccessful product; a school cannot.

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    Re: More than 200 D.C. teachers fired

    What's the alternative? Knowingly keep on ineffective teacherss? Or just hide your head in the sand - what you don't know can't hurt?

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    Re: More than 200 D.C. teachers fired

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    my opinion is that policies like these are going to result in no teacher wanting to teach the kids who need the most help.

    a school is not a business, as a student cannot be classified as a defective or underperforming product. a business can discontinue an unsuccessful product; a school cannot.
    The Teacher's Unions runs Public Schools like the UAW runs Automotive Plants.............into the ground........

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    Re: More than 200 D.C. teachers fired

    Quote Originally Posted by Badmutha View Post
    The Teacher's Unions runs Public Schools like the UAW runs Automotive Plants.............into the ground........

    ....."Kids are not Cars"........
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    Politicians ruin education eg Scopes monkey trail.

    And management should have adapted quicker to the rice burner invasion of the 70's.

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