Monday, December 17, 2012

Ed Etc.

Slain Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hocksprung was a big fan of Twitter and a reader of Diane Ravitch's blog.

Love the comments preceding AFT president and mole extraordinaire Randi Weingarten's recent harebrained proposal to require "bar exam" type tests for prospective teachers. As we know, teachers are stupid and the schools are flooded with idiot teachers.

Weingarten, an attorney, should be railroaded out of education.

The comments:

Reader Comment: Most of our Country's problems were created by people who passed the Bar Exam.

Reader Comment: I practiced law in CA for 35 years. The bar exam, which I passed on the first try, did not test any of the skills I needed and used in my rather successful career. I do not regard a substantial number of the lawyers I encountered in CA of being capable of performing anything more sophisticated than the most routine, simple legal tasks. Many can't write a declarative sentence with proper grammar. The mandatory continuing legal education requirements are a joke. All but the top law schools in CA teach to the test. I have every reason to believe that would be the case in spades in other states. It would certainly be true for schools educating prospective teachers.

Lawyers, unlike teachers, can delegate much of their work, especially the routine tasks of research and writing of documents. Teachers actually cannot delegate much of their work at all.

More political prisoners wind up in "teacher jail." These teachers are very much political prisoners in that they dared to defy whatever dictates their administrators wanted of them.

People have little understanding of how easy it is for administrators, parents, and even students to make up charges when they are unhappy with a particular teacher, and how it is next to impossible for the teacher to clear his or her name.

Ten cents says most of the accused teachers are higher up on the salary scale.

Remember, this is Broadie John Deasy's LAUSD. Recall Deasy got a fake Ph.D. to help him with his career.

hey are teachers in teacher jail, known more popularly as rubber rooms, and the aim is to keep them out of classrooms while allegations against them are investigated.

Not everybody spends their time so idly during the average 127 days that each one sits, drawing full salaries that average $67,000 a year. One teacher practices the trumpet in the parking lot; another works on her dissertation for a doctorate in education. A Congolese immigrant who knows seven languages is using her time to learn an eighth — Korean.

But mostly, these teachers sit around and commiserate, a cross between a 12-step group and detention.

"A lot of us are good teachers," says Carrie Collier, a special ed teacher at Van Nuys Elementary who's been "housed" at the Education Service Center North since Sept. 10. "I know there's no reason for you to believe that — like, 'all inmates in a prison are innocent.' " She was accused by a teacher's aide of nearly closing a door on two rowdy special-needs students and of corralling another student against a wall using a wheeled table.

Some 300 LAUSD employees now sit in five rubber rooms scattered around L.A. First revealed in 2009 by the Los Angeles Times, the rubber rooms take their nickname from much larger facilities that house New York City teachers who have been accused of wrongdoing or serious incompetence.

It's all about saving money on salaries and pensions by firing senior teachers for the most bogus of allegations.

Detroit Public Schools is under a full blown scandal:

While Detroit deals with low student achievement and graduation rates, shuttered buildings and debt, Telford said he has handled hundreds of calls about fired teachers and principals, and had to bring in two pro bono ombudsmen to help handle the outpouring since the state appointed Roy Roberts as the district's emergency financial manager. "The union's been trying (to get them reinstated), but Mr. Roberts pretty much pretty put the crown on his head and proclaimed himself the king of Detroit Public Schools," Telford said.

He added he's taking Roberts to court Thursday to address many issues, including whether Roberts has the right to make academic decisions as part of his role overseeing the district's finances. "The logical answer is they report to me, not to Mr. Roberts, but they are claiming he reports to them," Telford said.

Tied into this is a unanimous vote by the Detroit Board of Education late Tuesday to request that the FBI look into spending of federal dollars by Roberts, especially money related to federal Title One funding.

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