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Union Boss: What’s the Rush on Increasing Teacher Quality?

nametabs Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 7:28 AM
70% are " proficient". That may be ok, what is proficient? Who determines it? Guess what, if you test a group half of their scores will be below the average for the group!
Jane346 Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 5:44 PM
restoreliberty Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 11:35 AM
"proficient" means functionally illiterate, in other words can one complete a job application, it has no higher meaning than that.............if that is sufficient for your children then I feel sorry for your children and will keep mine far away from the public prisons of indoctrination
Dan107 Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 9:03 AM
Reading proficiency of 4th graders in Detroit: 4%. Chicago: 16%. That's below the average of the group, Sparky.
Context Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 9:23 AM
OK, so let's split hairs on the meaning of proficient...

Gee, if kids cannot read at grade level, perhaps they are not proficient?

Should parents have a reasonable expectation that the tax dollars they flow into the education system might just produce results? Or is that a bridge to far for unions and liberals?

Nametabs has done us a favor -- in a couple of sentences, he/she has exposed the real problem...liberals and liberal thinking.

When American Federation of Teachers President Rhonda “Randi” Weingarten proposed a “bar exam” of sorts for teacher prospects, it was hailed as a step forward in improving teacher quality, reported.

But some of Weingarten’s underlings don’t know what all the fuss is about. She either didn’t run the idea past her deputies, or they didn’t approve and she trotted it out anyway.

Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Bruce Mellion said if teachers would be subjected to such a test, they better get a pay raise.

"What we're doing is testing, testing, testing, testing. At some point we need to...