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