Peter Schrag has written sensibly about education issues for many years.
In this article, he analyzes the complexities of the Vergara trial, in which a rich and powerful coalition of corporate reformers are trying to eliminate due process rights for teachers.
In the end, he argues, the outcome of the trial won’t change much for poor kids.
If the plaintiffs win, some very good veteran teachers may be fired to save money.
The legislature will enact some new laws, perhaps basing layoffs on “effectiveness” (i.e. test scores) rather than due process, but as we know from the recent report of the American Statistical Association, test-based accountability (VAM) is fraught with problems and will end up stigmatizing those who teach in high-poverty schools.
He quotes Russlyn Ali, who was Secretary Arne Duncan’s assistant secretary for civil rights and is now supporting the Vergara plaintiffs:
Laws that make it hard to dismiss…
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