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Teachers Unions and Change–Again

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July 31, 2009

It must be in the air.

Our ” title=”opined” target=”_blank”> opined about the role of teacher accountability and the need for teachers unions to participate in the changes that are around the corner:

Now that politicians are speaking up for students, their next task must be to engage California teachers in meaningful discussions about how to shape accountability in ways that make sense in the classroom. Student scores are obviously part of a teacher’s job, but they should not be the only issue, or even the single most important one. Nor should low-performing teachers be summarily fired, but tenure robs administrators of the authority to compel improvement. If union leaders want a role in these discussions, they’ll need to abandon their hidebound positions and take a place at the reform table.

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