House Bill 2111:Legislative Action Alert, Bill is in Senate Ways and Means Committee for Review

House Bill 2111 is now in the Senate Ways and Means Committee and will be reviewed today before a vote in the Senate. This is the most critical time to ensure that we don’t go down the path of so many other school districts and follow the models of school turnarounds just to see our schools torn apart and in disarray. If you haven’t already, please call the Senate leaders and your district’s Senate representative listed below and let them know that firing principals, closing schools or firing half of a school staff is not the answer to providing the … Continue reading House Bill 2111:Legislative Action Alert, Bill is in Senate Ways and Means Committee for Review

Op Ed: Budget Cuts or Not, Teacher Lay-Offs Should Not Be Tied to Standardized Test Scores

An Op-Ed by Dr. Wayne Au The approval of the education reform bill by the Washington State Senate in support of laying off teachers based on “performance evaluations” brings a critical issue back into the public conversation: In the midst of drastic cuts to public education, standardized tests are too inaccurate to be used in determining teacher layoffs. On the surface, the logic of using tests to evaluate teachers seems like commonsense: The more effective a teacher is, the better his or her students will do on state tests. Supporters of using standardized tests to evaluate teachers continually remind us … Continue reading Op Ed: Budget Cuts or Not, Teacher Lay-Offs Should Not Be Tied to Standardized Test Scores

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 2111: Legislative Action Alert

House Bill 2111: Same Song, Third, and hopefully final, Verse Carlyle, Santos, Pettigrew, et al are trying one more time to push through unproven education reform items by way of House Bill 2111. First there was House Bill 1443, then Senate Bill 5914 and now this bill. I am still wondering why how we educate our children should be determined by state or federal legislation, by many people who know nothing about education let alone public education, by politicians who unfortunately for the most part determine their course of voting based on who puts the most money in their pockets. … Continue reading House Bill 2111: Legislative Action Alert