April 9, 2008

There it ain't -- a rap on The Quick and the Ed's knuckles

In The Quick and the Ed today, Kevin Carey boldly overclaims:

The Times is reporting that, at the behest of the teachers unions, last-minute language was snuck into the New York State budget providing that "teacher[s] shall not be granted or denied tenure based on student performance data." There's really not much one can add to that; it's hard to imagine a more unambiguous declaration of the union's total disregard for student learning when its members' jobs are at stake.

I suppose there really isn't much to add except that the Times article clearly states that the provision in question is not a ban but a two-year moratorium. It's hard to imagine a more unambiguous declaration of the union's caution about buying into rash schemes, and it puzzles me why Carey would make such an obvious omission in a way that undercuts his argument. See Eduwonkette for more links.

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Posted in Accountability Frankenstein on April 9, 2008 2:40 PM |