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In local speech, national teachers' union head praises Hillsborough reforms

The St Petersburg Times does not allow posting of it's content, but you won't want to miss the head of the NEA praising the Gates Foundation and finding something nice to say about Arne Duncan.

You can read the whole thing at the url below.

Reader Comment: Bill Gates and Obama's plan to tie teachers pay to students standardized test scores will render the union useless. Its amazing how the union seems to just go along with it all.

by Tom Marshall

TAMPA ΓΆ€” It's a tough time to be president of the nation's largest teachers union. . . .

"Being right here in Hillsborough is no accident," Van Roekel said, as superintendent MaryEllen Elia and School Board members looked on. "I'm going to places where there are groups of people who understand what collaboration is and actually practice it."

He praised their seven-year, $202 million partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

It toughens teacher evaluation, adds a peer evaluation system and ties student test scores to teacher pay. Those scores count for 40 percent of a teacher's evaluation, using a value-added calculation that shows how much each teacher contributes to student learning, with peer and principal ratings making up the remainder. . . .

— Tom Marshall
St. Petersburg Times


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