The truth about turning all public school teachers into temps

In case you missed it over the weekend, Raleigh’s News & Observer told it like it is in an editorial about the state’s destructive new teacher “tenure” law:

“Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger has an idea that North Carolina is rife with incompetent teachers who coast along in the system thanks to tenure. That’s why he pushed through legislation this year that will end tenure protection for the so-called low performers and will reward the high performers.

The new law requires school boards to offer four-year contracts with a $5,000 raise over the four years to 25 percent of their teachers who’ve taught in their districts for the last three years and who were rated as “proficient” under the state’s evaluation system. To get the contract, the selected teacher must give up tenure, which isn’t the job protection granted a professor, but simply an assurance that they can only be fired for cause. The other 75 percent of the faculty get no raise and teachers who don’t currently have tenure will get one-year contracts that will leave them uncertain whether they’ll be back the following year. By July 2018 tenure will be completely eliminated.

But now the idea for creating a faculty on high alert with members striving for the cash and a longer contract is colliding with reality. The law provides no specifics on how local school districts are to choose the top 25 percent. It may be silent because there really is no fair and effective way of doing so. Anyone who has worked with other employees knows what it would be like if the boss went through the ranks designating some for special treatment and relegating most to second-class status. It wouldn’t spur competition. It would fuel resentment….”

Read the rest of the editorial by clicking here.

6 Comments

  1. Alan

    October 21, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Since all these nasty government employees are “dyed in the wool communists”, who really cares? It’s about time we brought an end to this tyrannical social experiment called “government schools”, and allowed patriotic Americans the right to send their heir kids to unaccountable, for profit schools, subsidized by the taxpayer.

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    October 21, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    One of the few Alan comments that make sense, we do know government schools don’t really work very well. Unfortunately we are far from getting to the point of some realistic competition. What is overlooked is that the change is a great thing. If an ineffective teacher is allowed to have a contract for a long period it does no one any good. This will allow a system based more on results than just the teachers who were able to stick out a certain number of years.

  3. Alan

    October 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    LSD, I wish I could say the same about your comment, but I can’t. “Government schools don’t really work very well”. What makes you assume all teachers (or a majority of) are ineffective? The GOP have been dead against public education for years, but somehow as soon as there is a profit element at work, miracles happen? I (choke….) have to agree with you that an ineffective teacher should not be in a job for life, irrespective of results. However, the motives behind the GOPs desire to rid ourselves of public education (some people even call them “government schools” …) is driven purely by the political mantra of reducing the size of government, and the associated tax burden. It has nothing to do with improving the standard of education of our kids. The wealthy have options of sending their kids to private schools, the majority of the population do not.

    What is it about the GOP and its anti-education crusade?

  4. Mary

    October 21, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    So, here’s how this works in the real world. I teach geometry in an inclusion co-taught class. 12 of my students have IEPs with conditions such as schizophrenia (one student misses school three times a week for electric shock treatments), autism, fetal alcohol syndrome, or learning disabilities. I teach these challenging learners because I love it and am good at it. However, due to circumstances beyond my control, not all will be proficient, even though I try, never give up, and will celebrate every student accomplishment down until the day they graduate. My colleague down the hall teaches advanced placement math classes. Not a single kid with disabilities, kids from affluent families, given every advantage from home. Her kids’ test scores out shine mine. She’ll get a raise. I won’t. I work 12+ hours a day. I pre-teach, re-teach, work with kids before school, after school, call and email parents daily. Hey legislators! Walk in my shoes! Step foot into the real world of school. You are CRUSHING excellent teachers and driving them out of the profession. Fight poverty, not teachers! In the end, those you’re hurting the most are the kids.

  5. Mary

    October 21, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    LSD, you need to get your facts straight before you make sweeping, over reaching comments like: “We do know government schools don’t work very well”. I challenge you to check out what’s really going on in public schools. Google this article: Are private schools worth it? By Julia Ryan. Research speaks louder than well funded private interest groups with agendas led by people who haven’t stepped foot in a public school since they were kids. Well, it should speak louder anyway.

  6. Alan

    October 22, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Mary,

    Your comments & logic are wasted on the special interest funded trolls that post here. Facts mean nothing when their primary task is to (attempt) to counter & discredit any article that may appear here.