The Seattle Times Is Wrong — Parents Do NOT Want Teachers Evaluated by Standardized Test Scores. VOTE NO on House Bill 2111

The Seattle Times published an unsigned editorial Tuesday making incorrect statements and accusing Representative Tomiko Santos of cowardice. Quite a load of rubbish for one editorial. The corporate ed reform gang who support the discredited and failed policy of tethering teacher evaluations to standardized test scores (known as “performance pay” or “merit pay”) are apparently all in a tizzy because House Bill 1443 — reincarnated once again as HB 2111 — a mess of legislative sausage-making, is on the ropes. Teachers and parents and any intelligent person who reads the research (Vanderbilt University has conducted multiple studies on merit pay)  … Continue reading The Seattle Times Is Wrong — Parents Do NOT Want Teachers Evaluated by Standardized Test Scores. VOTE NO on House Bill 2111

House Bill 1443 – vote NO to Ed Reform Frankensausage

I have urged my legislators to vote NO on HB 1443. It has become an unwieldy Frankensausage of a bill, larded with controversial and discredited corporate ed reform practices, many of which usurp local authority and labor union rights and do harm to teaching and learning.  It would not make good law. HB 1443 contains language that reinforces the controversial and flawed practice of tying teacher evaluations to standardized student test scores. It potentially enables school closures, weakens teachers unions, enables less qualified teachers to get teaching positions, and revisits teacher and principal evaluations even though these matters have already been … Continue reading House Bill 1443 – vote NO to Ed Reform Frankensausage