This is what is in store for Missouri Law Makers this week! What do you think? My thoughts in bold. The Flawed Teacher Tenure Bill in Missouri:
· Repeals provisions of law governing the remediation and termination of probationary teachers and instead requires that probationary teachers may only be let go once they have received two consecutive ratings of “ineffective”. (I don't know if I agree with this... In my eyes onces an ineffective teacher is always an ineffective teachers. People don't really change do they? )
· Revises the "last-in, first-out" rule for placing teachers on leave of absence, so that decisions will be made primarily on the results of performance evaluations instead of length of service. (Agreed! Why should a great teacher who preforms well be asked to leave when someone else has been there for 20 years and isn't up to standards?)
· Requires teacher evaluation to assign at least 33% of the evaluation’s weight to student achievement on state assessments for those teachers who teach courses aligned with state standards and allows the district to set the percentage for those teachers who do not teach courses or grades subject to state assessments. (Not sure if I agree on this or not, I have a student this year who has hardly made any reading progress and also did not qualify for SPED. She reads WAY below my sped student too! She came in reading 15 words per minute and is up to 22 words per minute. The benchmark for May is 119 WPM. I don't really feel like I should be blamed for her lack of retenion, I know she is trying her best. We really work hard on her reading everyday!)
· Changes the basis of tenure from five consecutive years of employment to at least four consecutive years with four consecutive ratings of “effective” or “highly effective”. A teacher will lose permanent status after a rating of “ineffective” or two consecutive ratings of “minimally effective” and will regain it with three consecutive ratings of “effective”, “highly effective”, or any combination of the two. ( I agree with this! Why do we want ineffective teachers in our schools!?)What do ya think about all this?