Ever learned something that seems so obvious you wonder why it took so long to figure out? Like, evolution or atheism, for example.
A Plan to Hire the Best Teachers
NY Times, November 28, 2008
While I was reading a recent editorial in the NY Times this morning I though, “well duh”. I’m amazed that senior teachers have, for so long, been able to transfer at will, even when the receiving principle objects. Who, I wonder, thought that was a policy which would benefit the students. We don’t operate an education system to employ teachers, do we?
It is refreshing that New York City and its teacher’s union have updated their policy to allow principles to build cohesive and effective teams without undue consideration for tenured faculty. I was also refreshed to learn that teachers in New York City public schools are paid up to $100,000 per year. If other school districts invested as much in their talent our educational systems might not be in the dire situation in which they currently find themselves.
Within a year or so, the city should know which teachers were passed over for salary reasons and which ones have languished in the reserve pool because of poor performance. Once the data is in, the city and the union will need to negotiate a plan for ushering the inadequate teachers out of the system.