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Dumping tenure to grow the economy?

Suppose that the Vergara decision and its aftermath were to lead to the entire country replacing the worst two percent of teachers with average teachers? It’s pretty clear that students who benefited from the teacher upgrade would end up with higher … Continue reading

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Dismissing teachers: Is California Different?

The Vergara decision, assuming it’s upheld, will make it far easier to dismiss teachers in California. In California, it’s very, very hard to dismiss a teacher for cause. Harder than in most of the rest of the country. While it … Continue reading

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  1. In all the commentary on dismissing teachers, analysts should pay attention to the attrition rates in the educational profession. Recent research notes this rate nears 50% in the first 5 years of teaching, and rates of first year teachers have increased as well (http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/05/16/kappan_ingersoll.h31.html).
    As a retired administrator, I know that some who leave the profession might well be fine teachers who don’t want to remain in the K-12 world for a variety of reasons, but I believe most of those leaving are doing so because they find they are a mismatch in the profession. They learn this because they understand they are ineffective, and are helped to learn this by fellow teachers, administrators, parents, and even students.

    I’m not sure how to factor this very high attrition rate into understanding how to interpret the low dismissal rates that are found around the nation. The rate of doctors being forces out of the profession by professional boards is quite similar to the rate of teachers, but the attrition rate of new doctors is almost nothing. So the teaching profession actually is dismissing teachers at a far, far higher rate than is reported.
    What this means might well be that teaching is better ‘policed’ than other professions, and the mania to improve the opportunity to dismiss teachers is driven by a weak understanding of how teacher induction works.

    The article/research cited above is largely about teacher induction and worth reading.

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Vergara and culling out the worst teachers

If the Vergara decision holds, schools will be able to turf out extremely ineffective teachers. How much difference this makes depends on the answer to a couple of hard questions. Under the existing rules, schools in California have a year or … Continue reading

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Vergara: How bad is California?

The Vergara decision is a smack in the chops to how California does public education. Is education in California really all that bad? Yes. It’s not fair to call California’s K-12 system a total failure, but California certainly way under … Continue reading

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Vergara and compensating wage differentials

The Vergara is the stunning education event of the year. Maybe of the decade. What is to be said about the economics of the decision? Suppose that tenure really disappears. Whether you think tenure is a good idea or bad, a … Continue reading

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