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Ravitch on Berger’s SB 361: ‘Sad for the children. Sad for the teachers.’

Diane Ravitch, who will be speaking at Thursday’s NC Policy Watch luncheon, is weighing in on Senate Leader Phil Berger’s Excellent Public Schools Act of 2013.

Ravitch writes on her blog:

‘No more career teachers in North Carolina. That’s the goal of legislation introduced by Phil Berger, the President Pro Tem of the State Senate in North Carolina.

The experienced, high-performing teachersRavitch and Berger would get a four-year contract.

Others would get shorter contracts.

No tenure for any teachers.

Lots of performance pay built in.

Bonuses would be tied to new teacher evaluation programs now under development.

Apparently, Senator Berger has no idea that merit pay has never worked anywhere.

Nor does he know that there is no successful teacher evaluation program anywhere, despite the hundreds of millions expended on creating one.

His goal seems to be to make North Carolina teachers teach to the test at every possible moment of the school day.

North Carolina was once a progressive state.

No more.

Teacher salaries in North Carolina now rank 46th in the nation.

School spending has fallen to 48th.

This is sad. Sad for the children. Sad for the teachers.’

7 Comments


  1. Doug

    March 20, 2013 at 9:52 am

    The good thing she has right is that we are no longer a progressive state. Considering the nefarious use of that word, that is a step in the right direction for NC.

  2. Bill

    March 20, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Yes Doug…the Neanderthals are taking ALL of us back to the Dark Ages….So..if you are against “Progressives”…..does that make you a “Regressive”???….LOL….

  3. david esmay

    March 20, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Doug is a champion of walking backwards, thinking backwards, and a prime example of what is wrong with conservatives in general. Devolution defines the GOP.

  4. JeffS

    March 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    How can people like Ravitch continue to be so ignorant.

    They continue to give people like Berger the benefit of the doubt – always assuming that they want to improve the public schools.

    THEY DO NOT.

    Berger is a yes-man for a national agenda to destroy public education. Can we please stop pretending that they have good intentions? They would never, ever, do the same for you.

  5. Doug

    March 20, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    progressives (socialists, communists, whatever you choose to call them) are aligned to dumb down our society in order to make all dependent on the central government. In fact the reason that moniker has been chosen is in order to lead the uninformed to believe they are for progress…but it is badly mistaken.

    I am certainly for progress, there is nothing I have written that implies differently. In fact, it is progress if the liberal/progressive mindset can be pulled out of our schools so real progress can be made.

  6. Jack

    March 20, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Nothing like supporting segregation, discrimination and the establishing of charter schools to teach young minds the pseudoscience of faith based intelligent design to show how much for real progress one is.

    Feels like the 17th century already.

    Can’t wait to get back 1400s and the inquisition.

  7. david esmay

    March 21, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Doug, the GOP party of stupid just performed a self inflicted autopsy last week and found they are out of touch and 70% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of them. Liberal ideas gave birth to the U.S. and all progress in our society. That’s why there are no conservatives on Mt. Rushmore.

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