North Carolina: Teacher Tenure Reform Passed: In US More High School Degrees Among 55-64 Year Olds Than 24-34 Year Old!

The North Carolina state legislature is revoking lifetime tenure for the state’s public school teachers and the 10 percent increase for teacher’s with master’s degrees – meaning the 10 percent increase was automatic and annual? I don’t know. From what we’ve seen for years now, you wouldn’t think the state of learning could be worse, but you would be wrong.

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To kick-off the subject of tenure, a few words from a Chicago high school student in 2012 will set the flavor (graphic credit also goes to Jibbary – VISIT HERE!):

There are tenures at my school that fail students purposely. I have seen a teacher give F’s to an entire class for an assignment never discussed. We told her that we had never heard anything of this assignment but she still said that she assigned it last class. We talk to an administrator and he ends up saying “I have nothing to do with that”. It’s just stupid… I mean there isn’t anything else to say other than it is stupid.

Details on the North Carolina law:

Under the new plan, top performers will be offered four year contracts, while others will be on one or two year contracts.

Unions are not happy:

It’s going to create a revolving door for public educators in North Carolina,” said Rodney Ellis, president of the North Carolina Association of Educators….

Uh Huh! That’s the point. Put the underperforming teachers in the long line to the short walk to the sidewalk. Give your kids a chance.

It’s going to create a revolving door for public educators in North Carolina,” said Rodney Ellis, president of the North Carolina Association of Educators…. Source of al quotes regarding North Carolina – Reason

Louisiana adopted tougher laws to rid their schools of bad teachers and are being sued. South Dakota ENDED tenure but grandfathered-in those who received tenure by July 1, 2016. Hope that isn’t one of those “not in my lifetime” improvements because the grandkids will be grandparents by the time the firings begin.

In 2011, Idaho’s legislature was the first to explicitly state that “No new employment contract between a school district and certificated employee shall result in the vesting of tenure, continued expectations of employment or property rights in an employment relationship,” according to the Education Commission of the States. In a 2010 survey, ECS found that Colorado, New Mexico and Florida have eliminated the term “tenure,” while other states have repealed tenure or streamlined the due process procedures…

study by the Center for American Progress last year found that teachers were paid an extra $14.8 billion for master’s degrees in 2007-08, although some studies have found teachers with master’s degrees are no more effective, on average, than those without them. Source: Pew States

If children cannot read, they cannot do math. They cannot do geography or history – they can’t do much but hang out on the street corner.

Look at this study dated July 2012, and realize that most children are in some kind of pre-kindergarten program, yet…

The problem begins very early in the national academic system. Beginning in elementary school many students are already behind the nationally accepted standards. For example, one study found that only 31 percent of fourth graders are proficient in reading on the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) and by eighth grade this number is virtually the same (33 percent).

If the average student is not an efficient reader, how can we expect them to excel? One can find similarly alarming statistics for math and the problems compound by the time students are in high-school. In fact, according the Heritage Foundation about one in three American students fail to graduate from highschool.

What is most worrying is that the numbers are getting worse in relative and absolute terms. In 2008, the US was the only developed country with a higher percent of 55- to 64-year-olds with high school degrees than 25- to 34-year-olds. Source: University of Texas

But there is a plan, yes there is. Common Core Initiative Standards are coming and if the kids can’t read now, perhaps the ability to rap will give them a passing grade. You cannot escape it. It’s already a done deal in one of several ways that I’ll skip for now – but…really, your children will be subjected to Common Core (not to say you must not fight it – get mad as hell – miracles do happen):

Mediocre quality – The Standards, which are intended to prepare students for non-selective community colleges rather than four-year universities, are inferior to those of some states and no better than those of many others.

Common Core’s English language arts standards consist of empty skill sets that, once implemented, might not require reading skills any higher than middle-school level. Furthermore, their de-emphasis of the study of classic literature in favor of “informational texts” would abandon the goal of truly educating students, focusing instead on training them for static jobs.

Among the many deficiencies of the mathematics standards is their placement of algebra I in grade 9 rather than grade 9, thus ensuring that most students will not reach calculus in high school and their mandate to teach geometry according to an experimental method never used successfully anywhere in the world.

Contrary to previous claims by their creators, the Standards are not “internationally benchmarked.

Maybe you can move your family to another state, one with a better educational system? Well, you can move but you won’t find a better system. This is federal government although you’ll read and be told that the feds have nothing to with it. If you believe that, come back and let me explain a few things, or you can read more here.

If there is any good news, in North Carolina and the other states mentioned above, you may find better teachers to teach Common Core and get them ready for SATs and ACTs now in the process of being rewritten to Common Core Standards.

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