January 4, 2013 - Volume 33 Issue 1



The Alaska board of education approved a rule change that adds student learning data to teachers' job evaluations. The action moves forward a plan to base 20% of a teacher's assessment on their students' academic growth and performance starting in the 2015-2016 school year. By the 2018-19 school year student learning will make up 50% of the evaluation. (Anchorage Daily News, 12/07/12).


“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves…” -  Attributed to Bill Vaughn (1915-1977), U.S.  industry author, mentor and subject-matter expert.


Now, it’s suggested that we further empower principals to hire and fire and move away from our current practice. One needs to look no further than the recent news involving the state board of education [in firing former state Supt. Jorea Marple] to realize that a clear and objective process should be followed when terminating an employee. We would recommend a collaborative approach between teachers and administrators.” – Josh Sword on AFT-WV’s reaction to one proposal in the education efficiency audit

“County board office and administrators’ salaries have grown to epic proportions in many counties, while resources for classrooms and students are stagnant or even dwindling.” – Josh Sword

“How do you not allow someone to run a school as they see fit and then hold them accountable?” – Sen. Erik Wells on AFT-WV’s objection to giving principals more power in personnel decisions

“It appears to us that this audit proposes to make the lowest-paid education employees even poorer.” – Jackee Long of the WVSSPA

“The most bothersome thing about this audit is that it seeks to deal with some of the supposed inefficiencies in our system like corporate America does much of the time. This audit proposes we become more efficient by cutting jobs, salaries, hours, benefits and working conditions for the lowest-paid workers while essentially protecting those at the top and ignoring their inefficient practices.” – Jackee Long

“From the school board perspective, we can’t control the valuations for property values, and that would be our concern. If there is something wrong with the valuations, then the school board could be hit negatively by the fact.” – J.P. Mowery, treasurer of Pendleton County schools, on problems with a law set to go into effect in July that would penalize schools when property tax assessment are too low

“Many times, these students have pretty significant issues, and the county school systems need to know in advance when these students are coming back from out-of-state placement for a smooth transition.” – Patricia Homberg, executive director of the Office of Special Programs, on provisions to alert local districts when students return from out-of-state facilities

“I certainly appreciate that we’re trying to move forward on this, but if anything, I think this is a step backwards.” – Sen. Ron Stollings on a bill to protect medical providers at school sports events

“In the past, when students took a math course, it would be a sprint. You would run to the end and then stop. You run to the end and then stop. With Math I, II and III, it’s more like a relay. The content goes deeper with more sophistication as you go through the high school years.” – Lou Maynus of the Education Department on new structures for mathematics courses





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