Democrats in the Nevada Legislature were hard at work over the past few months paying back Special Interest groups which got them elected. In this case, the Teachers Union. Legislation was passed that not only didn’t serve the children of Nevada but let teachers and admins off the hook.
Nevada school districts have been at or near the bottom on scholastic achievement test nationally for the last decade or more. The reason? A combination of teaching, students and funding. Nevada lags the rest of the country when it comes to the number of dollars per student but that cannot be the sole cause of our abysmal test scores. John Maxwell, the leadership guru said in one of his earlier books, “Everything rises and falls on Leadership”.
But what happens when leadership isn’t held accountable for the outcomes of any business or project? In the case of the Nevada Legislature, who recently passed a series of measures to soften the accountability put on Teachers and Administrators, the only people who are hurt are the students who are caught in the middle.
AB57 | Temporarily suspends certain requirements relating to certain teacher and administrator evaluations | Analysis: Not taxpayer-friendly | Status: Passed Assembly, as amended. Title approved. (Yeas: 26, Nays: 16.) To Senate.
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Background: Teacher unions have spent years advocating for as little teacher accountability as possible when it comes to student learning. Under existing law, “pupil growth” accounts for only 15% of a teacher’s performance evaluation. This bill temporarily suspends that that proportion to 0% through the 2022-2023 school year. When teachers are not held directly accountable to the educational growth of their students, those students are more likely to fail. (Courtesy of NPRI)
Here is the point. The teachers union feels that teachers and administrators should not be evaluated for their performance during the Pandemic year. Why? Because they chose to not teach in person. In states like Florida and South Dakota, schools stayed open. In the state of Nevada, under Governor Sisolak’s restrictive mandates all business was shutdown. Teachers agreed with the shutdown policy and continued with this sentiment up until a month ago.
Now, that grades are coming out and the fallout from the years long lockdown are coming out, Teachers and Administrators are crying foul. Well you can’t have it both ways. Teachers whose students failed their classes should be evaluated based upon outcomes. In many cases, these “Teachers” failed the students. In the case of many, they did just fine in spite of the handicap.
The point here is that if Teachers and Administrators don’t want to count the Pandemic period then maybe they should give back the taxpayers money that paid their salaries during the entire lockdown period. That would be fairer to everyone. Give the money back that they gladly took, knowing that they were able to deliver the services they had agreed to supply.
Background: This proposal represents another attack against school-choice policies, no doubt initiated by powerful teachers’ union influences. This bill would needlessly increase licensure requirements for certain charter-school teachers. Admittedly, it’s softer than 2019’s proposal to implement a moratorium on new charter schools. Nonetheless, this bill represents the Left’s prioritization of special-interest labor groups over the interests of students. (commentary courtesy of NPRI)
Democrats have long sought to narrow the ability of Charter Schools. The Teachers Unions don’t want Charter Schools or Homeschoolers to get in the way of their monopoly on the education and indoctrination of the Nations schools, eventhough the vast majority of Democrat elites send their children to private schools. In their eyes the nations education is best left to state run and funded centers.
This latest move is just another attempt at hamstringing charter school operators and teachers by putting another financial yoke upon their shoulders. If you cannot legislate charter schools out of existence, you can keep raising the barrier to entry.