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

true liberal Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 8:13 AM
The problem isn't necessarily the ability to pass a test. It is their ability to teach. It is not unquantifiable. It is not a mystery. Believe me, all of the parents talk and word of the best teachers get around and believe me it is hard to get them with these good teachers. The problem is not that we do not test the teachers or we test too much. The problem is that we have not privatized the system. We are trying to implement processes that would emulate the free market. Unfortunately, these imitations fall far short of the real thing.

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...