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Sacramento "Teacher of the Year" Laid Off; Who is to Blame?

allen [skip] Wrote: Jun 18, 2012 7:38 PM
Mike I have to disagree with you on who is the blame for the shape our educational system is in now. Do not blame the Teachers Unions Leadership. It is not the unions job to worry about the students, they are paid to get the best contract they can negotiate for their members not the students. Let`s lay the blame at the real problem creators feet, this would have to be at the feet of the unscrupulous politicians. The politicians caved into union demands because of the politicians own greed to hold their own jobs or move up the political ladder. So by the time it comes to pay the bill these politicians, are gone up the ladder or retired and not held accountable for their own greed.Things have to change but you have to throw out being PC.
everyonesfacts4u Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 6:23 AM
Geez, if you want more talented students to become teachers you need to spend more not less.
See McKinsey & Co. "Closing the Talent Gap"
king10 - exposing leftism Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 8:46 AM
You have to be in a hermetically sealed cocoon to think that spending MORE money is the solution.

If it were, all the inner cities would be producing our greatest students.

(head shaking side to side)
everyonesfacts4u Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 2:22 PM
Well, all I am saying is that we would have a better system if we attracted better students to the field. That would take money per teacher. Whether money could be reallocated could be a possibility.

But if you agree that having more top third graduates instead of bottom third graduates would help. Then more money for salary (they are less interested in benefits, at least out of college) has to part of the conversation.

I have a great deal of sympathy for Michelle Apperson, the Sacramento "Teacher of the Year" who was laid off. Assuming she deserved the award, she should not have been laid off.

Sixth-grade teacher Michelle Apperson passed down a simple message to her students.

"My favorite teachers growing up were the ones who challenged me to go out of my comfort level a little bit, strive for the stars, and work hard," the veteran California educator wrote on her school's bio page.

Despite just being named Sacramento's "Teacher of the Year," Apperson was laid off as part of a massive budget cut.

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